WASHINGTON — Some birthdays are more popular than others — especially ones in July, August and September — according to birth data from the federal government.
University of Virginia graduate student Dan Lin analyzed the data in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vital records from 1994 to 2003 to plot the birthrate for every day of the year, major holidays, days of the week and even seasons.
The data show more children are born in America about nine months after winter’s coldest days than any other part of the year.
The months of July, August and September seem to be the most popular for births. More specifically, the most babies are born on Sept. 12, Sept. 18, Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, according to the data.
When it comes to holidays, few American babies were born on New Year’s Day, Fourth of July and Christmas. However, Valentine’s Day ranked as the top holiday for births. On average, about 12,210 babies were born on each Valentine’s Day.
Winter births seemed to be more sparse than the other seasons and summer babies are more likely, Lin says.
Below is the seasonal breakdown and the amount of babies born per day on average in that time of the year:
- Summer – 12,250
- Spring – 11,630
- Autumn – 11,520
- Winter – 11,390
View graphs Lin compiled and posted to Reddit:
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