News Release

Utah’s fertility level falls below replacement level and declines for the 11th consecutive year

November 27, 2019 (Salt Lake City) – The National Center for Health Statistics today released final birth data for 2018. Utah’s total fertility rate, which now stands at 2.026 births per woman, is now below the theoretical “replacement level” of 2.1 births per woman. Utah’s fertility rate has declined for 11 consecutive years and now ranks lower than South Dakota, North Dakota, and Nebraska.

“Utah’s fertility rate began a precipitous decline during the Great Recession and has not recovered despite ten years of economic expansion,” said Pam Perlich, Director of Demographic Research at the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. “As Utah has become more globally interconnected, we are impacted by these larger demographic forces and trends. Our strong economy and wo