Population: Welcome Decline

The great American baby boom is over. The explosive population surge that added some 40 million citizens to the U.S. in the 15 years after V-J day has subsided and may well continue to decline. The trend, only now showing up with any certainty on demographers' charts, is unlikely to make headlines; yet it speaks meaningfully to the nation's spiritual and material wellbeing, today and for years to come.

In 1965 the number of births in the U.S. dropped to the lowest figure since 1951—3,767,000—while the birth rate receded to the prewar level...

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