NPR journalist Matt Stiles has posted the following infographic showing which birth dates are the most common. It’s really kind of interesting to see which dates are most, and least, popular.
As expected, holidays like Christmas and the Fourth of July are among the least common, the actual least common date being February 29.
Also not surprising (to me, anyway), is the stretch in September hosting the most common birth dates. My birthday is September 13th, and I’m used to sharing parties and attention with other September babies. It’s interesting to me, though, that in that stretch, the 13th is less common. I guess some women are superstitious enough to avoid giving birth on such an “unlucky” day.
The random dates with high birth rates — August 12, October 1, December 3o — are interesting. Any guesses as to why those dates might be so popular? If you have a theory, I’d love to hear it!