China's birth rate hits all-time low in 2022: 6.77 births per 1,000. 10 points
The soaring cost of living -- as well as a growing number of women in the workforce and seeking higher education -- is the reason behind the slowdown.
China's population shrank last year for the first time in six decades. In 2022, the national birth rate hit a record low - 6.77 births per 1,000 people.