Philip Reese, reports in the Sacramento Bee:
[The state's] birthrate tumbled last year to its lowest point since the Great Depression, according to new data from the state Department of Finance's demograhic research division.....About 512,000 children were born in the state during 2010, down 3 percent from 2009 and 10 percent from 2007...Those figures translate to 13.7 births per 1,000 residents.
The state's birthrate hasn't been that low since 1935, when, during the Great Depression, would-be parents also had a gloomy view of the future. Financial pessimism often precedes low birthrates, several demographers said.
Latinos, particularly those under 25, are driving the trend. Latinos still have higher birthrates than other ethnic groups, but the gap is shrinking rapidly. In three years, the number of Latino births has fallen by 13 percent – twice the rate of decline among other ethnic groups.
The birthrate among young Latinos has fallen by more than 20 percent since 2007, a seismic shift that normally takes decades. ...
The Department of Finance's demographic research division's publication, "Historical and Projected State and County Births, 1980=-2020, with Actual and Projected Fertility Rates by Mother's Age and Race/Ethnicity, 2000-2020," was just released and can be accessed here.