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, 2014See also: Total fertility rate map
How Demographics Rule the Global Economy
Wall Street Journal - 11/21/2015 11:54:46 PM
But right about then, fertility rates began to drop, in both advanced and underdeveloped countries ... so did its total population. Japan is an extreme case, but the rest of the advanced world and many emerging economies are following similar paths.
Asia Faces Fertility Crisis
US News and World Report - 11/11/2015 11:23:40 PM
Many Asian countries are ... at about 3 times the rate in China, due to higher fertility rates. However, fertility rates in India vary greatly by states. The central government has failed to meet its objectives of reducing the total fertility rate to ...
Without one-child policy, China still might not see baby boom, gender balance
Pew Research Center - 11/20/2015 4:03:30 PM
The country’s total fertility rate stood at almost six births per woman in the 1960s ... China’s one-child policy likely contributed to one of the most skewed sex ratios in the world. Today, there are about 116 boys born for every 100 girls born ...
Fertility Rate is Collapsing in Many Unexpected Countries
Value Walk - 9/4/2013 8:16:04 AM
Using the CIA Factbook for data, the present total fertility rate for the world is 2.45 births per woman that survives ... India, the satellite countries of the former Soviet Union, etc… fewer women means a lower growth rate, and unhappier societies ...
Cities in numbers: how patterns of urban growth change the world
The Guardian - 11/23/2015 2:26:53 PM
Congo’s capital Kinshasa will have gone from 200,000 to more than 16 million, growing over the next decade at the vertiginous rate ... world’s energy mix. Yet, electrification differs substantially between countries, swinging from less than 5% of total ...
The hefty price of child marriage
Devex - 11/24/2015 3:08:39 PM
Over this past decade, some 140 million girls, most living in the developing world, have married before the age of ... In Pakistan, for example, ending child marriage would reduce total fertility rates by about 10 percent. High fertility yields very ...
Total Fertility Rates of Adherents of Other Religions, by Country
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Project - 4/1/2015 11:53:06 PM
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US Maternal Mortality Rates Have Gotten Worse, Are Now Twice Canadian Rate
International Business Times - 11/12/2015 10:43:43 AM
The maternal mortality rate in the United ... six weeks after giving birth, down 44 percent from 1990's total of 532,000. But the progress has been “uneven,” with around 99 percent of those deaths occurring in developing countries, said Lale Say ...
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 4/20/2012 9:57:30 AM
... 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 replacement rate–with ...
Make Boomsa for the Motherland!
Slate - 4/25/2013 7:25:02 AM
He continued: “Their concern is to cut down the birth rate ... Fertility rates began falling in Western, industrialized countries in 1968. By 1975, every Western First World nation was below the replacement rate. Over the course of the next two decades ...
Canada warming at twice the global rate with Arctic hardest hit: Ottawa scientists
Aboriginal Peoples Television Network - 11/23/2015 11:09:27 PM
Canada is facing a rate of warming ... in the developing world as a whole have levelled off while large increases are being driven by developing countries. “The climate system doesn’t care where emissions come from, it is the total that matters ...
Check Out The 20 Least Fertile Countries In Europe
The Business Insider - 10/31/2011 9:28:15 PM
As the world's population hits 7 billion, Europe's population is becoming older. Looking at a list of total fertility rates for every country reveals a cluster of European nations near the bottom. Total fertility rate, as a statistic, measures the amount ...
U.S. maternal mortality rate is twice that of Canada, United Nations says
NYSE Post - 11/12/2015 8:45:00 PM
The United States' maternal mortality rate ... total of roughly 3,000 deaths. Only 13 countries, including the USA, North Korea, Zimbabwe and Venezuela, have regressed in maternal mortality since 1990, according to the report. The survey, led by the World ...
Russia’s Demographics: A Problem Decades In The Making
KPBS - 11/11/2015 10:23:25 AM
Moscow may be projecting a tough image abroad, but Russia is facing severe internal problems, including worrying trends that suggest the ... "the total fertility rate is about the same as in the majority of developed European countries."
Probabilistic Projections of the Total Fertility Rate for All Countries
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov - 10/11/2015 1:30:31 PM
We describe a Bayesian projection model to produce country-specific projections of the total fertility rate (TFR) for all countries ... Markov chain Monte Carlo, United Nations World Population Prospects Based on projections of fertility, mortality ...