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Proportion of Firstborns Hits Record 63%

Written: 2023-03-26 12:40:48Updated: 2023-03-26 17:03:18

Proportion of Firstborns Hits Record 63%

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The ratio of firstborns in the country's births exceeded 60 percent for the first time last year.

According to Statistics Korea on Sunday, among the babies born last year, 156-thousand were firstborns, accounting for 62-point-seven percent of all births.

That is the highest since the country started compiling related data in 1981, surpassing the previous record of 56-point-eight percent set in 2021.

The number of firstborns increased by about eight-thousand in 2022 from a year earlier, the first increase since 2015 when it rose by three-thousand.

Meanwhile, the number of secondborns dropped from 91-thousand in 2021 to 76-thousand in 2022, while the number of children who are not first- or secondborns slipped by four-thousand to 17-thousand during the period.

Last year, the total number of births decreased by 12-thouand or four-point-four percent on-year.

The percentage of firstborn babies has been on the rise for 12 consecutive years since 2011, while the share of secondborns has been steadily declining since 2015.

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