Costa Rica News – Costa Rica birthrates are declining. In 2014 fewer children will be born, the projections of the Social Security Fund (CCSS) indicate only a slight increase for 2013on this and then begin a decline in the numbers.
This is being attributed to the desire of the younger generation to have fewer children because of economic hardship fears and perceived fewer opportunities.
Estimates say that 73,380 children born in 2013, and by 2015, the number would drop to 73,100. This data is consistent with number projected by the State of The Nation, indicated a constant reduction in the birth rate, which as of today sits at 15.9 per 1,000.
By contrast, the population over 64 years is increasing rather, as those aged between 25 and 59, who now represent the majority.
It is no secret that women currently are no longer having 5+ children as they did two decades ago, but at most now 1 or 2, reducing members per household.
The current economic situation, limited opportunities for themselves and future children, the professional women’s increasing financial responsibilities, and cultural changes are affecting lower birth rate.
The numbers of the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC) indicate that most children born today product couples living under union or common-law, followed subsequently married and third place are single mothers, and the average childbearing age of is between 20 and 29 years.
The Costa Rica News (TCRN)
San Jose Costa Rica