By: Emily Harris
Utah’s declining fertility rates have been a hot topic over the last few years, but in reality, Utah’s fertility has been in steady decline for decades. However, since the Great Recession in 2008, Utah’s fertility declined considerably, even knocking its national fertility ranking from 1st to 3rd. This has also resulted in an increasingly smaller gap between Utah’s total fertility rate and the nation’s.
So what caused this decline? Many external factors have led to these declines both in Utah and throughout the nation. Previously explored in this report, social, economic, and demographic changes have all created their own various impacts on births and fertility rates.
While some thought the stabilization after the Great Recession might be an opportune time for a shift in direction, these ideas have not come to fruition. COVID-19 has brought renewed focus to the topic, with preliminary data indicating a continued decline in births nationally.
Within the past several years, decreases in births and shifts in our age specific fertility rates