Edging Out the Baby Boomers

The number of children born in 2007 broke the baby boomer record

By SHARE

The sheer size of the baby boomer generation made them a group to be watched and analyzed. More children were born in 1957, the peak of the postwar baby boom, than in any other year recorded-- until now.

Approximately 4.3 million children were born in 2007, the highest number of births ever registered in the United States in a single year, according to estimates released yesterday by the National Center for Health Statistics. The record number is largely due to an increase in the U.S. population overall, including women in the child bearing years. The average woman today has 2.1 children, far fewer than 50 years ago.

Any guesses as to what retirement will look like for this new generation that could be on track to surpass the baby boomers in size?