Crude Birth Rate
The number of births per 1,000 residents has trended down for decades, but also follows the economic cycle, with higher crude birth rates during strong economic expansions and lower rates during and shortly after recessions. The crude rate peaked in 2006 nationally and in Arizona. Significant declines occurred from 2008 through 2010, related to the recession, with lesser decreases in 2011 and 2012. The decreases were especially large in Arizona, in part due to a very large decline among Hispanics.