Country Comparison > Total fertility rate

RankCountryTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)
1Niger6.89
2Mali6.16
3Burundi6.14
4Somalia6.08
5Uganda5.97
6Burkina Faso5.93
7Zambia5.76
8Malawi5.66
9Afghanistan5.43
10Angola5.43
11South Sudan5.43
12Mozambique5.27
13Nigeria5.25
14Ethiopia5.23
15East Timor5.11
16Benin5.04
17Tanzania4.95
18Guinea4.93
19Sierra Leone4.83
20Cameroon4.82
21Liberia4.81
22Congo, Democratic Republic of the4.8
23Congo, Republic of the4.73
24Chad4.68
25Sao Tome and Principe4.67
26Equatorial Guinea4.66
27Rwanda4.62
28Togo4.53
29Senegal4.52
30Gabon4.49
31Central African Republic4.46
32Guinea-Bissau4.3
33Madagascar4.28
34Gaza Strip4.24
35Eritrea4.14
36Ghana4.09
37Yemen4.09
38Western Sahara4.07
39Mauritania4.07
40Sudan3.92
41Gambia, The3.85
42Comoros3.76
43Cote d'Ivoire3.63
44Zimbabwe3.56
45Kenya3.54
46Iraq3.41
47Solomon Islands3.36
48Tonga3.36
49Vanuatu3.36
50Papua New Guinea3.24
51Marshall Islands3.22
52Jordan3.16
53Philippines3.06
54Tuvalu3.03
55Belize3.02
56Guatemala2.99
57American Samoa2.98
58Samoa2.94
59Nauru2.93
60Laos2.9
61Swaziland2.88
62Egypt2.87
63Oman2.86
64Honduras2.86
65Pakistan2.86
66West Bank2.83
67Bolivia2.8
68Haiti2.79
69Lesotho2.78
70Algeria2.78
71Tajikistan2.76
72Syria2.68
73Kyrgyzstan2.68
74Cambodia2.66
75Israel2.62
76Malaysia2.58
77Kiribati2.56
78Micronesia, Federated States of2.55
79Kuwait2.53
80India2.51
81Fiji2.51
82Djibouti2.47
83Bangladesh2.45
84Faroe Islands2.38
85Guam2.38
86Panama2.38
87Botswana2.37
88Dominican Republic2.36
89United Arab Emirates2.36
90Venezuela2.35
91Cape Verde2.34
92Kazakhstan2.34
93Nepal2.3
94Mexico2.29
95Ecuador2.29
96Cook Islands2.27
97Argentina2.25
98Namibia2.25
99South Africa2.23
100Peru2.22
101Mongolia2.22
102Indonesia2.18
103Burma2.18
104Saudi Arabia2.17
105Morocco2.15
106Guyana2.14
107Sri Lanka2.13
108Turkmenistan2.1
109Sint Maarten2.09
110Curacao2.09
111Grenada2.09
112France2.08
113Turkey2.08
114Libya2.07
115Colombia2.07
116Greenland2.06
117Jamaica2.05
118Dominica2.05
119New Zealand2.05
120Antigua and Barbuda2.03
121Bhutan2.02
122Northern Mariana Islands2.01
123Suriname2.01
124United States2.01
125Tunisia2
126Ireland2
127Nicaragua1.99
128New Caledonia1.99
129Korea, North1.98
130Bahamas, The1.97
131Paraguay1.96
132Bermuda1.95
133French Polynesia1.95
134El Salvador1.95
135Isle of Man1.94
136Gibraltar1.92
137Qatar1.92
138Costa Rica1.91
139Azerbaijan1.91
140United Kingdom1.9
141Sweden1.88
142Seychelles1.88
143Iceland1.88
144Cayman Islands1.86
145Norway1.86
146Vietnam1.85
147Iran1.85
148Chile1.84
149Aruba1.84
150Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1.84
151Uruguay1.84
152Brunei1.82
153Bahrain1.81
154Uzbekistan1.8
155Brazil1.79
156Netherlands1.78
157Saint Kitts and Nevis1.78
158Saint Lucia1.77
159Australia1.77
160Georgia1.77
161Luxembourg1.77
162Mauritius1.77
163Maldives1.76
164Wallis and Futuna1.76
165Virgin Islands1.75
166Anguilla1.75
167Lebanon1.74
168Denmark1.73
169Finland1.73
170Trinidad and Tobago1.71
171Palau1.71
172Turks and Caicos Islands1.7
173Liechtenstein1.69
174Barbados1.68
175Jersey1.66
176Belgium1.65
177Armenia1.64
178Puerto Rico1.64
179Russia1.61
180Canada1.59
181Macedonia1.59
182Saint Helena1.58
183Saint Pierre and Miquelon1.56
184Moldova1.56
185Guernsey1.55
186China1.55
187Malta1.54
188Switzerland1.54
189Portugal1.52
190Monaco1.52
191Albania1.5
192Thailand1.5
193San Marino1.49
194Spain1.48
195Belarus1.47
196Cuba1.46
197Estonia1.46
198Croatia1.45
199Bulgaria1.44
200Austria1.43
201Czech Republic1.43
202Germany1.43
203Hungary1.42
204Italy1.42
205Serbia1.42
206Greece1.41
207Japan1.4
208Slovakia1.39
209Andorra1.38
210Latvia1.35
211Poland1.33
212Slovenia1.33
213Romania1.32
214Ukraine1.3
215Lithuania1.29
216Montserrat1.29
217Bosnia and Herzegovina1.26
218Korea, South1.25
219British Virgin Islands1.25
220Hong Kong1.17
221Taiwan1.11
222Macau0.93
223Singapore0.8

Definition: This entry gives a figure for the average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age. The total fertility rate (TFR) is a more direct measure of the level of fertility than the crude birth rate, since it refers to births per woman. This indicator shows the potential for population change in the country. A rate of two children per woman is considered the replacement rate for a population, resulting in relative stability in terms of total numbers. Rates above two children indicate populations growing in size and whose median age is declining. Higher rates may also indicate difficulties for families, in some situations, to feed and educate their children and for women to enter the labor force. Rates below two children indicate populations decreasing in size and growing older. Global fertility rates are in general decline and this trend is most pronounced in industrialized countries, especially Western Europe, where populations are projected to decline dramatically over the next 50 years.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Total fertility rate map

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