September – the first month of the school year but also found to be the most popular month for birthdays!
So why is September so popular?
Data journalist, Matt Stiles, found birth stats from the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Social Security Administration collected between 1994 and 2014, showed that mid-September is the most popular time to give birth.
According to Stiles, the most common birthdays fall on the 9, 19 and 12 of September. In fact the top ten birth dates fall in September, apart from one sneaky date in July coming in at number six. Not sure what happens in October?
Just outside the top ten is the 20th of December coming in at number eleven on the list.
The reasons aren’t clear why September is so popular, but you do the math! Turn back nine months to Christmas and New Year celebrations and that might just be your answer.
“The least-common birthdays in this data set were Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day,” he notes. “Dates around Thanksgiving aren’t as common. July 4 is also at the bottom of the list.”
Reasons September babies are special
More likely to succeed at school
If you’re a September baby you’re probably going to be one of the oldest kids in the class, and that is great for academic success.
Better at sports
Research suggests being born this time of year also makes kids more likely to succeed on the playing field.
“With children born in the Northern Hemisphere, those born in autumn tend to have slightly bigger bone and muscle mass,” Dr. Gavin Sandercock, from the Centre for Sports and Exercise Science at Essex University said. “They start off with more muscle, become active earlier [and] then get involved in athletics sooner. It becomes a positive cycle.”
Less likely to get into trouble
September babies are also less likely to get into trouble with the law, “Being an older age at school entry increases children’s college attainment and reduces the likelihood of being incarcerated for juvenile crime,” noted the authors of the study, “School Starting Age and Cognitive Development.”
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