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Wichita among top 10 baby-making cities in U.S.

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Wichita is ranked ninth in the country at making babies, according to an analysis of 2014 census data. Wichita had 14.8 births per 1,000 people – that’s the most babies outside of Utah, Texas and California, according to the analysis by Bloomberg.

A couple of other Midwest cities cracked the top 20 as well: Omaha, Des Moines, Colorado Springs, Oklahoma City. The only city east of the Mississippi River to make the cut was Memphis, Tenn.– which touches the river on its eastern bank.

The article identifies a couple possible explanations for why some cities make so many more babies than others: They have lots of young people, they have high concentrations of family-oriented religions, such as Mormons in Utah, and they have low unemployment so people feel wealthy enough to have children.

1. Provo, Utah (Metro areas)

21.4 (per thousand)

2. McAllen, Texas

19.5

3. Ogden, Utah

17.2

4. Bakersfield, California

17

5. Fresno, California (tie)

16.6

5. Salt Lake City, Utah (tie)

16.6

7. El Paso, Texas

16.2

8. Houston, Texas

14.8

9. Wichita, Kansas

14.8

10. Omaha, Nebraska

14.7

11. Des Moines, Iowa

14.6

12. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

14.3

13. Stockton, California

14.2

14. Dallas, Texas

14.1

15. Memphis, Tennessee (tie)

14

15. San Antonio, Texas (tie)

14

17. Riverside, California

13.9

18. Honolulu, Hawaii

13.9

19. Colorado Springs, Colorado

13.9

20. San Diego, California

13.8

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