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Birth rates are at an all-time low in the US, and experts fear it could turn the country into a ‘demographic time bomb’
With fewer births, there may not be enough young people to economically support older generations who continue to live longer and longer.
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 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.
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.
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 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.