Recently compiled California Department of Public Health statistics for 2010 show that Calaveras County that year had one of the lowest birthrates in California, and that at a time when the overall state birthrate may be at its lowest level ever.
In Calaveras County in 2010, there were 47 live births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44. Only Trinity County (45.7 births per 1,000 women ages 15-44) and Sierra County (39.9 births) had lower rates.
The overall state rate was 63 births per 1,000 women in that age range. In contrast, as recently as 1995, the California birthrate was 75.5 births per 1,000 women in their child-bearing years.
The birthrate in neighboring San Joaquin County in 2010 was 70.9 births/1,000 women in the age range.
The buzz among community leaders here in Calaveras is that few people are starting families because there are not enough jobs and/or business opportunities a person could persue sufficient to support a family.