Sustained low fertility rates may indicate that the population is aging; sustained high fertility rates may predict a younger population. fertility rate data and trends can tell a story.
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In 2020, there were 420,259 live births in California.
The fertility rate in California in 2020 was 52.4 per 1,000 women ages 15-44.
Of all live births in California during 2018-2020 (average), 46.1% were Hispanic, 28.8% were white, 5.6% were black, 0.4% were American Indian/Alaska Native and 15.9% were Asian/Pacific Islander.
Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data. Retrieved February 1, 2023, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.
Of all live births in California during 2018-2020 (average), 3.5% were to women under the age of 20, 40.9% were to women ages 20-29, 50.6% were to women ages 30-39, and 5.0% were to women ages 40 and older.
Babies delivered to younger and older women are often at increased risk of poor birth outcomes, including prematurity, low birthweight and infant mortality.