We Are Going To Run Out Of Children!

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RAYDUNAWAY Ray Dunaway
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Let’s give the school lunch war a break today, though Connecticut 3rd district Representative Rosa D Delauro weighed with support for the First Lady’s Holy Crusade. There were the usual references to SCIENCE(!), special interests, and the lack of concern for our kids futures exhibited by opponents. To sum up, we’re right and they’re wrong and that’s that’s that. Oh- and the other side wants kids to starve, or get fat, or something.

Not to worry, because according to the CDC, certain parts of the country will be running out of children in the future. In a report analyzing birth rates on a state-by-state basis, the Center ranked states in order of births per 1000 people. And here’s the list:

1. Utah: 17.6
2. Alaska: 15.5
3. North Dakota: 14.7
4. Texas: 14.6
5. South Dakota: 14.6
6. D.C.: 14.4
7. Nebraska: 14
8. Oklahoma: 13.9
9. Idaho: 13.9
10. Louisiana: 13.7
11. Hawaii: 13.5
12. Kansas: 13.4
13. California: 13.1
14. Georgia: 13.1
15. Wyoming: 13.1
16. Arizona: 13
17. Arkansas: 13
18. Mississippi: 12.9
19. Minnesota: 12.8
20. Kentucky: 12.7
21. Indiana: 12.6
22. Iowa: 12.6
23. Nevada: 12.6
24. New Mexico: 12.6
25. Virginia: 12.5
26. Washington: 12.5
27. Missouri: 12.5
28. Illinois: 12.4
29. Colorado: 12.4
30. New York: 12.3
31. Tennessee: 12.3
32. Maryland: 12.3
33. North Carolina: 12.2
34. Ohio: 12.1
35. Alabama: 12.1
36. Montana: 12.1
37. South Carolina: 12
38. Delaware: 11.9
39. New Jersey: 11.7
40. Wisconsin: 11.6
41. Michigan: 11.5
42. Oregon: 11.5
43. West Virginia: 11.3
44. Florida: 11
45. Pennsylvania: 11
46. Massachusetts: 10.7
47. Rhode Island: 10.3
48. Connecticut: 10
49. Maine: 9.7
50. Vermont: 9.5
51. New Hampshire: 9.4

Notice anything interesting? In general (and I stress in general), states that lean toward “Red America” are having more children than “Blue State America”. And notice also that the states with the lowest rates of reproduction are here in the Northeast. Obviously, there’s no reason that the population of New England will decline precipitously, since people relocate quite often. In fact, some people living in one of the more fertile states may choose to move to places “child-free”. Can you say “smart” growth? The phrase is code for “no kids”.

And another fascinating factoid from the world of demography: According to Pew, guess which nation provides the most immigrants to Connecticut? In 1910 the winners were Ireland and Italy. In 2010, the leading native land was Jamaica. Who knew?

You can check the data here. There are some surprises.

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