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China faces strains as population ages, birth rate falls

Jun. 01, 2021 00:24 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Yue Yan is glad to have two daughters but sees why, even with the ruling Communist Party urging them to have more children, fewer Chinese women give birth at all. Yue, 35, spends days looking after her 2-year-old and evenings helping her 10-year-old with...

China easing birth limits further to cope with aging society

May. 31, 2021 06:44 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party said Monday it will ease birth limits to allow all couples to have three children instead of two in hopes of slowing the rapid aging of its population, which is adding to strains on the economy and society. The ruling...

Pope raises alarm about Italy's precariously low birthrate

May. 14, 2021 05:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis added his voice Friday to the chorus of alarm about Italy’s falling population, calling for government policies that provide the necessary financial stability to encourage young people to stay in Italy and have families. Francis joined Premier...

Drop in Xinjiang birthrate largest in recent history: report

May. 12, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Xinjiang in far western China had the sharpest known decline in birthrates between 2017 and 2019 of any territory in recent history, according to a new analysis by an Australian think tank. The report from the Australian Strategy...

California leaving: State population declines for first time

May. 07, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California’s population fell by more than 182,000 last year, the first yearly loss ever recorded for the nation’s most populous state that halted a growth streak dating to its founding in 1850 on the heels of a gold rush that prompted a flood of people to seek...

US birth rate falls to lowest point in more than a century

May. 05, 2021 07:28 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. birth rate fell 4% last year, the largest single-year decrease in nearly 50 years, according to a government report being released Wednesday. The rate dropped for moms of every major race and ethnicity, and in nearly every age group, falling to...

Booms in Idaho, Utah buck the curve of slowing US growth

May. 01, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two Western states known for their rugged landscapes and wide-open spaces are bucking the trend of sluggish U.S. population growth, which dipped to the lowest level since the Great Depression, though different forces are powering the population booms in Utah and Idaho....

New Mexico expected to have fewer births, fewer students

Apr. 30, 2021 23:04 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico researchers warned on Thursday that there may be fewer people in the state in the coming decade, with a drop in births that will continue to reduce school enrollment. The implications of an aging and shrinking population are vast....

EXPLAINER: The law and science behind the CDC’s eviction ban

Apr. 13, 2021 10:08 AM EDT

When the U.S. government enacted a ban on evictions, it did so through an unlikely agency: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC has said the policy, first enacted in September and recently extended through the end of June, helps stop the spread of the...