New York City Birth Rate Plunges By JILL GARDINER Staff Reporter of the Sun December 21, 2006 The city's birth rate hit a 25-year low in 2005, even as Mayor Bloomberg is projecting a population spike of 1 million people by the year 2030. The city's newest release of vital statistics — an annual compendium of deaths, births, disease, and accidents — shows that 122,725 babies were born in New York City in 2005, or 1,374 fewer than in 2004. SNIP The number of reported abortions in the city was down to a low in the past 10 years, to 88,891 in 2005 from 91,673 in 2004. Of the city's births in 2005, 52% of them were paid for by Medicaid, the government health program for the poor. Of women giving birth in New York City, 44% were unmarried.