Revealed: The most common date to be born, according to official stats… so is it YOUR birthday?
- September 27 is the most common day to be born, according to ONS data
- Boxing Day is the least, followed by Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
- September sees the most births, making up four of the five most popular days
September 27 is the most common day to be born in England and Wales, official figures have revealed.
Meanwhile, Boxing Day is the least, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Analysts have now crunched the fascinating data series into an interactive graph — allowing you to see exactly how many people are born on your birthday each year.
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September 27th comes out on top, with 1,993 people born that day each year, on average.
Rounding out the top five is September 24 (1,987), September 25 (1,980), October 1 and September 23 (both 1,979).
Analysts claim one reason September birthdays are so common is because couples might plan to have children who are the oldest in their school year.
Others put it down to couples having more sex over the Christmas break.
September 27 is the most common birthday while Boxing Day is the least, with just 1,345 births recorded each year
ONS statisticians counted the number of live births in England and Wales every day between 2001 and 2021.
Boxing Day was shown to be the least common day to be born, with just 1,345 births recorded each year.
Slightly more babies are delivered on Christmas Day itself (1,416) and New Year’s Day (1,563).
December 27 and 28 round out the top five least common birthdays, with 1,650 and 1,722 births each day, respectively.
The ONS has previously stated births over the Bank Holiday-laden festive period are least common because NHS hospitals will generally only deliver natural births and emergency C-sections.
Any induced births and elective caesareans are ‘likely to be scheduled on alternative dates’, it said.
April Fool’s Day (April 1) just missed out on being named as one of the five least common birthdays (1,722).
Analysts believe this may be because, given the option, parents elect not to have an April’s Fool’s Day baby.
February 29 — the leap year phenomenon — ranks 355 out of the 366 days.
It comes as separate ONS figures today revealed mothers are getting older and older, with more women putting off having children until later in life.
The age of the average mother in England and Wales is now almost 31, around five years older than in the 1970s.
The data also shows that Britain’s birth rate has fallen even more than previously estimated and is now at a record low.
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