Definition: This entry gives the average annual number of births during a year per 1,000 persons in the population at midyear; also known as crude birth rate. The birth rate is usually the dominant factor in determining the rate of population growth. It depends on both the level of fertility and the age structure of the population.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Birth rate map
Could South Korea's Low Birth Rate Really Mean Extinction?
NBC News - 8/27/2014 8:53:48 PM
... will become completely extinct by 2750 if the country’s birth rate of 1.19 children per woman continues. The country currently has one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, leading only Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Singapore. The report is the ...
High-birth Niger Strives to Lower Maternal Mortality
Sudan Vision - 8/27/2014 2:48:44 PM
With the world's highest birth rate in a country where first-time mothers are often barely past puberty, having a baby in impoverished Niger can be tantamount to a death sentence. The West African state and humanitarian groups have worked to slash both ...
Israel leaders in birth rate, but poverty major challenge
The Jerusalem Post - 8/21/2014 12:29:42 AM
Report on developed countries finds mothers have average of three kids, 1 in 3 children living in sub-standard conditions. While Israel has the highest birth rate in the developed world, and provides an exceptionally supportive environment for working ...
South Koreans alarmed by prospect of extinction by 2750
Financial Times - 8/25/2014 2:36:47 PM
South Korea has a fertility rate of 1.3 children per woman, according to a 2012 World Bank estimate, which puts the country joint last in the birth stakes alongside nations including Singapore, Spain and Greece. According to the outlandish simulation by ...
The mystery of the falling teen birth rate
Vox - 8/20/2014 2:14:05 PM
We talked to others around the country, and they were all seeing a very ... But then you have to answer the question: what in the world are we doing?" The massive decline in teen birth rates is undeniably good news for public health advocates.
What you can tell about a country’s future by looking at its gender balance
THE CONVERSATION - 8/28/2014 5:07:43 AM
Both countries have a problem with sex-selective abortions and higher rates of female child mortailty ... Its sex ratio at birth was the highest in the world in 1990, peaking at 117 (54% boys). Only ten years earlier it had been normal – just at the ...
Low Birth Rate: A Big Problem in Cuba
PERIODICO26 - 8/23/2014 3:07:47 PM
To bring us up to date, the population in Cuba fell by 84,000 by the end of 2012 due to emigration and the country's low birth rate, according to Cuban officials ... No other citizen of any other nation in the world, in Latin America or elsewhere, is ...
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 10/16/2012 6:28:12 PM
The replacement rate—the reproduction rate that keeps a population stable—for developed countries is 2.1, yet nearly half the world’s population has birth rates lower than that. The U.S. has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.0—nearly the ...
British village has higher birth rate than world's most densely populated countries
Daily Telegraph - 9/3/2009 7:49:00 AM
A tiny British village has a higher birth rate than the world's five most densely populated countries, official figures show. Cambourne in Cambridgeshire produced 24.1 births per 1,000 women in 2009 - almost double the UK average of 12.1. The village has ...
In Developing World, Most Dangerous Day of Life Is Birth
Bloomberg - 8/17/2014 10:31:34 PM
Their plight is gaining attention with only 500 days to go before the world is scheduled to meet the ... from 1990 levels and a 75 percent drop in the rate women die from childbirth. “The day of birth is the most dangerous day of your life,” said ...
Here’s a map of the best and worst countries to be a mother
Washington Post - 5/8/2013 10:30:03 AM
The U.S. preterm birth rate (1 in 8 births) is one of the highest in the industrialized world (second only to Cyprus). In fact, 130 countries from all across the world have lower preterm birth rates than the United States. The U.S. prematurity rate is ...
Dropping birth rates threaten global economic growth
CBS News - 5/8/2014 12:25:22 AM
It also sent birth rates tumbling ... A return to "normal" growth is unlikely: Economic growth of 3 percent a year in developed countries, the average over four decades, had been considered a natural rate of expansion, sure to return once damage from ...
The 10 Poorest Countries in the World
Fox Business - 9/14/2012 6:51:50 PM
This story was originally published by 24/7 Wall St. However, compared to the poorest countries in the world, the poverty rate in the U.S. is relatively ... Few nations have a lower life expectancy at birth than Swaziland, where the average person is ...
The world's most miserable countries
USA Today - 5/25/2014 12:33:50 AM
Four of the most miserable countries had estimated inflation rates of at least 5% last year ... As of 2011, life expectancy at birth was an abysmal 49 years in Chad, among the lowest in the world. Less than 2% of the population in Chad, largely a desert ...
Will Pew Muslim birth rate study finally silence the “Eurabia” claim?
Reuters - 1/27/2011 3:15:15 PM
As we summarised it in our report Muslim birth rate falls, slower population growth: Falling birth rates will slow the world’s Muslim population growth ... fertility rates in many Muslim-majority countries,” it said, noting the birth rate is falling ...