Health & Fitness

Birth rates decline nationwide, down slightly in Merced County

The nation’s birth rate declined in 2013 for the sixth consecutive year, according to a federal study. Locally, the decrease in number of births has been less noticeable. According to the California Department of Public Health, in 2013, Merced County residents gave birth to 4,161 babies. This is only a slight decrease from the 4,311 babies born to county residents in 2012.

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