“Population Reprieve” analyzes several critical population trends for the Northwest. In 2002 the region experienced the slowest rate of population growth in 16 years, largely due to two factors: slowed migration; and record lows in birthrates due to a trend toward delayed childbirth and a scarcity of women in peak childbearing ages. British Columbia, with the region’s lowest birthrate, teen birthrate, and total fertility rate, is the most striking example of the trends.

Population Reprieve

Press materials

Press release for Washington and Oregon, and Idaho: Northwest’s birth rate, teen births lowest on record

March 7, 2006