US birthrate grows for first time in 7 years

The number of births in the United States increased in 2021 for the first time since 2014, according to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Over 3.7 million babies were born in 2021, an increase of about 1% from 2020. The slight increase marks a rebound after births fell 4% in 2020, the largest one-year drop in about 50 years.

The CDC’s National Vital Statistics System compiled the data using collected birth records received and processed by the National Center for Health Statistics for 2021 as of early February 2022.