Nov. 22, 2021 — Extra U.S. adults who don’t have already got kids are saying they don’t plan to have any sooner or later, in accordance to a new survey by the Pew Analysis Heart.
Birthrates dropped within the U.S. through the pandemic, marking a decline for the sixth yr in a row. Fertility charges within the U.S. have been already at a document low earlier than the pandemic, the middle reported.
As a part of the ballot, non-parents ages 18-49 answered the query, “Desirous about the longer term, how doubtless is it that you should have kids sometime?”
About 44% stated it’s “not too doubtless” or “by no means doubtless” that they’ll have kids sometime, which is up 7 share factors from the 37% who stated the identical in a 2018 Pew survey. What’s extra, 74% of adults beneath 50 who’re dad and mom stated they aren’t more likely to have extra children.
Against this, 26% of childless adults stated it’s “very doubtless” they’ll have children, which is down from 32% in 2018. About 29% stated “considerably doubtless” each this yr and in 2018.
Amongst dad and mom and non-parents, women and men have been equally more likely to say they in all probability gained’t have children sooner or later. Adults of their 40s have been extra more likely to say they wouldn’t have children.
When requested for a motive, 56% of non-parents stated they merely don’t need to have children. Childless adults beneath age 40 have been extra more likely to say this than these ages 40-49. There have been no variations between women and men.
Past that, 43% cited causes equivalent to medical points, financial or monetary considerations, and never having a associate. A smaller variety of individuals cited their age or their associate’s age, the “state of the world,” environmental considerations, and local weather change.
Dad and mom additionally cited medical points and monetary considerations as the highest the explanation why they in all probability wouldn’t have extra children. Moms have been extra more likely to point out medical points, and fathers have been extra more likely to cite already having children. About 26% of oldsters beneath age 40 cited monetary considerations.
The ballot factors to long-term tendencies in parenthood within the U.S., in accordance to The Washington Post. In April, the Census Bureau reported that within the final decade, the U.S. inhabitants grew on the second-slowest charge for any 10-year interval because the nation was based.
Different current surveys have pointed to the prices of childcare, well being care, and training as causes to postpone or not have children, the newspaper reported. World instability, the COVID-19 pandemic, and local weather change have additionally led to altering attitudes about marriage, kids, and life priorities.