(Washington Times) American women are delaying having children and having fewer of them, setting new record lows in birthrate data, the federal government said Friday.

In 2011, 3,953,590 births were registered in the United States, down 1 percent from the previous year.

This was the smallest number of U.S. births since 1998, and represented declines in the white, black and Hispanic populations, researcher Joyce A. Martin and colleagues at the National Center for Health Statistics say in their new report, “Births: Final Data for 2011.”

The nation’s general fertility rate fell again, to a historical low of 63.2 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44.

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