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    States having the most babies

    In 2016, 3,945,875 babies were born in the United States. While that might sound like a lot, U.S. births are actually at a 30-year low. In fact, the birth rate has dropped for nearly every group of women of reproductive age to a low not seen since 1987.

    Using 2016 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Community Survey (ACS), and the Social Security Administration, Stacker ranked the states having the most babies in order of least to most. Since state populations vary, the list is ranked according to the number of babies born in each state per 100,000 people of the total state population. The list, which includes Washington, D.C., also reveals the number of mothers who gave birth that year as well as state’s most popular baby names in 2016.

    It's important to note that the CDC counted the number of births from women ages 15–44, while ACS counted all women ages 15–50 who gave birth. Due to the five-year discrepancy, several states document more mothers than babies.

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  • #51. New Hampshire
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    #51. New Hampshire

    Estimated state population: 1,334,795

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 14,773

    Number of babies born in 2016: 12,267

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 919

     

    Most popular female baby name: Charlotte

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #50. Vermont
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    #50. Vermont

    Estimated state population: 624,594

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 5,961

    Number of babies born in 2016: 5,756

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 922

     

    Most popular female baby name: Harper

    Most popular male baby name: Owen

  • #49. Maine
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    #49. Maine

    Estimated state population: 1,331,479

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 13,554

    Number of babies born in 2016: 12,705

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 954

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #48. Connecticut
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    #48. Connecticut

    Estimated state population: 3,576,452

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 37,545

    Number of babies born in 2016: 36,015

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,007

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #47. Rhode Island
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    #47. Rhode Island

    Estimated state population: 1,056,426

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 11,615

    Number of babies born in 2016: 10,798

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,022

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #46. West Virginia
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    #46. West Virginia

    Estimated state population: 1,831,102

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 19,174

    Number of babies born in 2016: 19,079

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,042

     

    Most popular female baby name: Harper

    Most popular male baby name: Mason

  • #45. Massachusetts
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    #45. Massachusetts

    Estimated state population: 6,811,779

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 74,631

    Number of babies born in 2016: 71,317

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,047

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Benjamin

  • #44. Pennsylvania
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    #44. Pennsylvania

    Estimated state population: 12,784,227

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 147,204

    Number of babies born in 2016: 139,409

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,090

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #43. Florida
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    #43. Florida

    Estimated state population: 20,612,439

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 216,349

    Number of babies born in 2016: 225,022

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,092

     

    Most popular female baby name: Isabella

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #42. Oregon
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    #42. Oregon

    Estimated state population: 4,093,465

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 45,441

    Number of babies born in 2016: 45,535

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,112

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Oliver

  • #41. Michigan
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    #41. Michigan

    Estimated state population: 9,928,300

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 119,371

    Number of babies born in 2016: 113,315

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,141

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #40. New Jersey
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    #40. New Jersey

    Estimated state population: 8,944,469

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 103,847

    Number of babies born in 2016: 102,647

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,148

     

    Most popular female baby name: Mia

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #39. Wisconsin
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    #39. Wisconsin

    Estimated state population: 5,778,708

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 67,581

    Number of babies born in 2016: 66,615

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,153

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Oliver

  • #38. Delaware
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    #38. Delaware

    Estimated state population: 952,065

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 11,136

    Number of babies born in 2016: 10,992

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,155

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #37. South Carolina
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    #37. South Carolina

    Estimated state population: 4,961,119

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 59,397

    Number of babies born in 2016: 57,342

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,156

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #36. Montana
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    #36. Montana

    Estimated state population: 1,042,520

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 11,585

    Number of babies born in 2016: 12,282

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,178

     

    Most popular female baby name: Harper

    Most popular male baby name: James

  • #34 (tie). New York
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    #34 (tie). New York

    Estimated state population: 19,745,289

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 230,560

    Number of babies born in 2016: 234,283

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,187

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #34 (tie). New Mexico
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    #34 (tie). New Mexico

    Estimated state population: 2,081,015

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 26,395

    Number of babies born in 2016: 24,692

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,187

     

    Most popular female baby name: Mia

    Most popular male baby name: Elijah

  • #33. Ohio
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    #33. Ohio

    Estimated state population: 11,614,373

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 141,349

    Number of babies born in 2016: 138,085

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,189

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #32. North Carolina
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    #32. North Carolina

    Estimated state population: 10,146,788

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 123,050

    Number of babies born in 2016: 120,779

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,190

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #31. Colorado
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    #31. Colorado

    Estimated state population: 5,540,545

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 68,806

    Number of babies born in 2016: 66,613

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,202

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #30. Illinois
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    #30. Illinois

    Estimated state population: 12,801,539

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 157,783

    Number of babies born in 2016: 154,445

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,206

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #29. Tennessee
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    #29. Tennessee

    Estimated state population: 6,651,194

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 81,912

    Number of babies born in 2016: 80,807

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,215

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #28 (tie). Maryland
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    #28 (tie). Maryland

    Estimated state population: 6,016,447

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 74,732

    Number of babies born in 2016: 73,136

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,216

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #27 (tie). Alabama
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    #27 (tie). Alabama

    Estimated state population: 4,863,300

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 59,424

    Number of babies born in 2016: 59,151

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,216

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #26. Virginia
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    #26. Virginia

    Estimated state population: 8,411,808

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 106,850

    Number of babies born in 2016: 102,460

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,218

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #25. Arizona
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    #25. Arizona

    Estimated state population: 6,931,071

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 84,496

    Number of babies born in 2016: 84,520

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,219

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #24. Missouri
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    #24. Missouri

    Estimated state population: 6,093,000

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 76,475

    Number of babies born in 2016: 74,705

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,226

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #23. Nevada
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    #23. Nevada

    Estimated state population: 2,940,058

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 35,200

    Number of babies born in 2016: 36,260

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,233

     

    Most popular female baby name: Mia

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #22. Washington
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    #22. Washington

    Estimated state population: 7,288,000

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 89,634

    Number of babies born in 2016: 90,505

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,242

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #21. California
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    #21. California

    Estimated state population: 39,250,017

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 486,456

    Number of babies born in 2016: 488,827

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,245

     

    Most popular female baby name: Mia

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #20. Kentucky
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    #20. Kentucky

    Estimated state population: 4,436,974

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 55,667

    Number of babies born in 2016: 55,449

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,250

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #19. Indiana
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    #19. Indiana

    Estimated state population: 6,633,053

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 85,814

    Number of babies born in 2016: 83,091

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,253

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #18. Iowa
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    #18. Iowa

    Estimated state population: 3,134,693

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 41,109

    Number of babies born in 2016: 39,403

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,257

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Oliver

  • #16 (tie). Georgia
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    #16 (tie). Georgia

    Estimated state population: 10,310,371

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 139,714

    Number of babies born in 2016: 130,042

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,261

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #16 (tie). Wyoming
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    #16 (tie). Wyoming

    Estimated state population: 585,501

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 7,687

    Number of babies born in 2016: 7,386

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,261

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Wyatt

  • #14 (tie). Minnesota
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    #14 (tie). Minnesota

    Estimated state population: 5,519,952

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 73,145

    Number of babies born in 2016: 69,749

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,264

     

    Most popular female baby name: Evelyn

    Most popular male baby name: Henry

  • #14 (tie). Hawaii
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    #14 (tie). Hawaii

    Estimated state population: 1,428,557

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 20,121

    Number of babies born in 2016: 18,059

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,264

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #13. Mississippi
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    #13. Mississippi

    Estimated state population: 2,988,726

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 38,127

    Number of babies born in 2016: 37,928

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,269

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #12. Arkansas
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    #12. Arkansas

    Estimated state population: 2,988,248

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 39,828

    Number of babies born in 2016: 38,274

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,281

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: Elijah

  • #11. Kansas
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    #11. Kansas

    Estimated state population: 2,907,289

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 40,033

    Number of babies born in 2016: 38,053

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,309

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Benjamin

  • #10. Idaho
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    #10. Idaho

    Estimated state population: 1,683,140

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 22,319

    Number of babies born in 2016: 22,482

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,336

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Oliver

  • #9. Oklahoma
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    #9. Oklahoma

    Estimated state population: 3,923,561

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 52,506

    Number of babies born in 2016: 52,592

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,340

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #8. Louisiana
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    #8. Louisiana

    Estimated state population: 4,681,666

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 60,733

    Number of babies born in 2016: 63,178

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,349

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #7. Nebraska
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    #7. Nebraska

    Estimated state population: 1,907,116

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 27,484

    Number of babies born in 2016: 26,589

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,394

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Liam

  • #6. South Dakota
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    #6. South Dakota

    Estimated state population: 865,454

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 12,609

    Number of babies born in 2016: 12,275

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,418

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Oliver

  • #5. Texas
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    #5. Texas

    Estimated state population: 27,862,596

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 398,001

    Number of babies born in 2016: 398,047

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,429

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: Noah

  • #4. District of Columbia
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    #4. District of Columbia

    Estimated state population: 681,170

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 9,531

    Number of babies born in 2016: 9,858

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,447

     

    Most popular female baby name: Ava

    Most popular male baby name: William

  • #3. North Dakota
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    #3. North Dakota

    Estimated state population: 757,952

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 11,409

    Number of babies born in 2016: 11,383

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,502

     

    Most popular female baby name: Harper

    Most popular male baby name: Oliver

  • #2. Alaska
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    #2. Alaska

    Estimated state population: 741,894

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 10,518

    Number of babies born in 2016: 11,209

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,511

     

    Most popular female baby name: Emma

    Most popular male baby name: James

  • #1. Utah
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    #1. Utah

    Estimated state population: 3,051,217

    Number of women who gave birth in 2016: 52,918

    Number of babies born in 2016: 50,464

    Newborn babies per 100,000 people: 1,654

     

    Most popular female baby name: Olivia

    Most popular male baby name: Oliver

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