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The US fertility rate dropped in 2017, according to a new report.

The US is in the danger zone for a ‘demographic time bomb,’ and the high cost of childcare could be partially to blame

A new report from the CDC found that the total fertility rate in the US is below what's needed to replace the population over time.
Estonia's Prime Minister Juri Ratas arrives at an European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, on June 28, 2018.

Estonia is making it easy for people to get ‘e-residency,’ and it’s offsetting a dangerous demographic time bomb

Estonia and many other Eastern European countries face economic problems due to a demographic time bomb caused by falling birth rates. Unlike its neighbors, Estonia has offset some of these pressures through an e-residency program, which is growing faster than the country's population.

China’s ‘one-child’ policy led to a demographic time bomb, and now the country is scrambling to undo it

China's birth rate isn't rising, and authorities are scrambling to encourage more childbirth. But most Chinese women who have one child are not interested in having a second one.
Elderly and middle-aged people exercise with wooden dumbbells during a health promotion event to mark Japan's "Respect for the Aged Day" at a temple in Tokyo's Sugamo district, an area popular among the Japanese elderly, Japan, September 18, 2017.

10 countries at risk of becoming demographic time bombs

Countries need fertility rates of 2.2 children per woman to maintain a stable population, but the birth rates of countries like South Korea and the United States have fallen below 2.
Juan Martin Colomer, 84, jokes with his wife Sinforosa Sancho, 84, as he sets up a fence around their field in the village of La Estrella, Spain, on May 24, 2018. For more than 30 years, Juan Martin and his wife have lived alone in the village in Spain's eastern highlands that once had more than 200 inhabitants.

Spain is at risk of a ‘demographic time bomb,’ and there’s already a nearly-abandoned area twice the size of Belgium

Last year, the number of deaths in Spain outpaced the number of births at the fastest rate since the country began keeping records in the 1940s. A Spanish village that once had 200 residents is down to its last two inhabitants — 84-year-old Juan Martin Colomer and his wife, Sinforosa Sancho.
Japan is making more babies. The US is not.

Japan is reversing a dangerous demographic time bomb — but now the US is in the danger zone

Japan has been struggling for years to undo its aging problem. But over the past decade, the birth rate has been rising steadily, while in the US, it's been falling precipitously, as more people opt out of parenting. Childcare could play a key role.