U.S. birth rate too low to sustain population

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Americans are having fewer children. One report says the number of births was so low in 2017 that it wasn't enough to keep the population levels steady.

The National Center for Health Statistics released its report Thursday. The study finds that overall, the total fertility rate is 16% below what is considered the level needed for the population to replace itself.

According to researchers, the only stats that are keeping up with the population are South Dakota and Utah.

The total fertility rate for Kansas was measured at 1,956.5, which is high relative to many other states, but still below the 2,100 considered necessary to replace the population.