In 2011, 4,817 babies were born to Simcoe Muskoka mothers, a slight decrease from 4,845 in 2010. The crude birth rate is the number of live births per 1,000 people in the population per year. This rate is influenced by the age structure of the population and will be higher among populations with more women of childbearing age. Since 2005, the number of babies born in Simcoe Muskoka has remained relatively stable while the crude live birth rate has continued to decrease. This decrease is due, in part, to people waiting longer to have children and not having as many children as in the past.
The crude birth rate in Simcoe Muskoka is lower than that of Ontario, which may be because there is a lower percentage of women in their reproductive years in Simcoe Muskoka compared to Ontario. The birth rate in both Ontario and Simcoe Muskoka has been decreasing since the early 1990’s.