This map shows the number of women age 15-50 per 1,000 women with births in the last 12 months for zip codes across Bexar County. Credit: Emily Royall / San Antonio Report

Expecting a baby? You’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked Texas ninth in fertility with 68.6 births per 1,000 women in 2016. That’s above the average nationwide fertility rate, which was 62 births.

In Bexar County, the fertility rate was 6 percent among women aged 15 to 50 in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). Fertility rates are highest on San Antonio’s East Side and in a handful of zip codes outside Loop 410, recent data from ACS shows.

The 78257 zip code, which includes the Dominion and The Rim shopping center, has the highest number of women between 15 and 50 years old who gave birth in the previous 12 months: 123 women per 1,000 in 2016, according to the data.

Several Eastside neighborhoods including Denver Heights, Jefferson Heights, and Eastwood Village, and neighborhoods southwest of Loop 410 also are among the areas in the city with the highest fertility rates.

The fertility rate in the United States fell to a record low of 60.2 births per 1,000 women in 2017, the CDC reported in May. That number dropped 3 percent from 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The fertility rate in Texas declined by less than 1 percent between 2015 and 2016, to 4 percent.

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Emily Royall

Emily Royall is the Rivard Report's former data director.