The U.S. birth rate is at a historic low, and it might have something to do with the fact that millennials aren't having kids – at least not right away.
Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released provisional data for a report on births in 2016.
According to the data, 3,941,109 babies were born last year. And the general fertility rate was 62 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44. That's only down 1 percent from 2015, but still it's a record low for the country.
Fewer parents in their 20s
The data breaks down the ages of people who had kids last year.
It shows birth rates have dropped to historic lows for all women under 30.
So teenagers were getting pregnant 9 percent less. And the birth rate for women in their early 20s (20-24) was at 73.7 births per 1,000 women – down 4 percent in a year.
Women in their late 20s (25-29) had a birth rate of 101.9. But that's still down 2 percent.
Rise in 30-to 50-year-olds giving birth
But that doesn't mean people aren't having kids. It just looks like people are waiting longer to do so.
According to the data, birth rates actually increased for people in their 30s and 40s.
For women in their early 30s, the birth rate was 102.6, up 1 percent. That's the highest since 1964.
For women in their late 30s, it was 52.6, up 2 percent.
As for women in their early 40s, the birth rate was up 4 percent to 11.4 births per 1,000 women.
Women 45 and older were up .1 percent. That's still the highest since 1963.
Should we worry?
The Star Tribune reports the U.S. may be headed toward a “national emergency" in terms of people not reproducing. Kind of like the anti-baby boom.
However, a Gallup study from last year found that millennials are still generally having kids. And a 2013 Gallup poll, found that 87 percent of adults between 18 and 40 who did not yet have children said they wanted them someday.
As for marriage, that's a different story.
Gallup found that just 27 percent of millennials were married in 2014. That's compared to 36 percent of Generation Xers, 48 percent of baby boomers and 65 percent of traditionalists when they were the age that millennials are now.
CDC data shows the birthrate for unmarried women was down 3 percent last year, though.