Births decline locally, nationwide

Births in Northeast Florida and across the nation are on the decline — nearly 10 percent over the last five years.

The CDC reported preliminary number of births for the United States in 2011 was 3,953,593, down from an all-time high of 4,316,233 births in 2007. The biggest declines were among teens, women in their 20s and Hispanic and black women.

Since 2007, births to women in their teens and 20s have declined, births to women 30-34 have remained level and births to women 35 and older have increased.

In Northeast Florida, Baker County saw the largest drop in births, down 21 percent over five years, followed by Clay County at 13.5 percent. St. Johns and Nassau counties saw less than a 5 percent decline. Duval County had a 10 percent decline in births.

Locally, the teens and women in their 20s have had declines, consistent with the rest of the country. However women ages 30-34 have had the same or more births in all five counties, particularly in Duval (9 percent increase) and St. Johns (14 percent increase).