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Report: U.S. Child Population On the Decline

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Tuesday, April 11, 2023   

A new look at the most recent census data shows the child population in America has declined - and predicts ripple effects for the job market and education. The number of children recorded in the 2020 Census was just over 73 million, which is 1.1 million fewer children than the all-time high counted in the 2010 Census. The report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows fewer children in 27 states, and Puerto Rico.

The trend has become even more pronounced in the last two years, according to demographer and study co-author Bill O'Hare. He said this demographic reality will impact the workforce in the coming years.

"The fact that entry-level workers are going to be going down over the next 10 years - as older children are replaced by smaller birth cohorts - as the number of entry-level workers go down, it's going to be harder for employers to find the kind of people they need for jobs," he said.

The child population in Maryland has increased 1% over the decade, though Baltimore City saw a 15% decline, placing it in the top 10 cities seeing child population decreases.

Study authors point out that with fewer kids being born, maximizing the educational outcome for each child will be key in making sure the nation has enough skilled workers. The report shows the number of children enrolled from preschool to through high school fell by 2.6 million between 2010 and 2020.

"As the number of children decrease, it's feasible to say we can spend more money for each child - because the amount of money stays the same, the number of children go down, the average expenditure per child goes up. That's one way of looking at it - that it may be good for children, because now we can invest more in each child," said O'Hare, who added the educational system at a crossroads.

He warned it is also possible that as the number of households with children decreases, the political support for maintaining the current level of public investment in education may also decline.

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