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, 2012See also: Total fertility rate map
World Population 9.6 Billion By 2050
Medical News Today - 6/15/2013 6:53:11 AM
The data come from a comprehensive analysis of demographic information from 233 countries around the world. The projected total ... regarding fertility levels. In several sub-Saharan African countries with extremely high-fertility rates, the ...
Asia's low fertility rate opens opportunities in IVF market
FOX News - 6/14/2013 7:37:19 AM
A looming crisis in Asia as women delay giving birth, leading to low fertility rates that have dire implications for economic growth, is opening huge opportunities for the fast-growing in-vitro fertilization (IVF) industry. The successful debut ...
Invest in Fertility Decline to Boost Development in Pakistan
The World Bank Group - 6/14/2013 6:11:25 AM
Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world. At current population planning efforts, it is expected to be 342 million by 2050. Fertility rates remain well above most other countries in South Asia. There is great demand for ...
India to be world’s most populous country by 2028: UN
The Daily Star - 6/14/2013 9:49:09 PM
India looks set to overtake China as the world’s most populous country from 2028 ... increase in its projection for total global population in 2050 is largely new information on fertility levels in certain high birth rate countries.
Turkey's total fertility rate up in 2012
worldbulletin.net - 4/29/2013 11:55:17 PM
Turkey's total fertility rate became 2.08 children in 2012. Turkey's statistical institute (TurkStat) announced on Tuesday the birth statistics of Turkey for 2012. According to TurkStat, number of live births increased by 3.1 percent and became 1,279,864 ...
World population to hit 10.9 billion by 2100
rappler.com - 6/13/2013 11:30:33 PM
Much of the increase in world population between 2013 and 2050 -- when the total is forecast to reach 9.6 billion -- is projected to take place in countries with high fertility rates, mostly in Africa. In fact, half of all population growth ...
United Nations: World Population to Hit 11bn by End of Century
International Business Times - 6/13/2013 3:09:28 PM
The world population will reach 11 billion by the end of the century - 800 million more people than previous estimates had forecast. A report by the United Nations said the figure was adjusted because fertility rates in Africa had not fallen as ...
India will be world's most populous by 2028
Rediff - 6/14/2013 7:15:50 AM
Compared to previous assessments of world population trends, the new projected total population is higher, mainly due to new information obtained on fertility levels of certain countries ... changes in fertility rates over the next few decades ...
FactCheck: will Britain have a Muslim majority by 2050?
blogs.channel4.com - 6/13/2013 11:59:11 PM
The article says it is based on “demographic facts”. What are the facts? There were 1.6 million Muslims in England and Wales in 2001, or 3 per cent of the population, according to the census. By 2011 the Muslim population had grown to 2.7 million ...
Fertility in Africa could push world population over 11 billion
News.Mongabay - 6/13/2013 5:18:19 PM
The global population could grow by another 4 billion people by the end of the century if fertility rates in Africa don't decline ... Population declines are also expected in some European countries. "These new findings show that we need ...
UN: World population to hit 8.1B in 2025
Global Nation - 6/14/2013 5:02:49 PM
The report found that most countries with very high levels of fertility—more than 5 children per woman—are on the UN list of least developed countries. Most are in Africa, but they also include Afghanistan and East Timor. But the average number of ...
All my children: How soap operas helped end high fertility rates
Houston Chronicle - 5/15/2013 3:22:23 PM
For these reasons, it is important to understand why large countries such as India ... led to a decline in Indian fertility rates. One of the strongest correlations he found was between TV ownership, by region, and total fertility rate.
Baby Blues in Europe as Birth Rate Declines
CNBC - 5/21/2013 5:49:46 AM
data supported by evidence from European demographic experts and a U.K.-wide parenting forum. The report entitled "Towards a 'Baby Recession' in Europe?" carried out by Eurostat, a statistical body of the European Commission, investigated fertility trends ...
Asia's low fertility trap opens opportunities in IVF market
Reuters - 6/13/2013 3:13:39 AM
The successful debut of Australia's Virtus Health Ltd, which this week became the first IVF specialist to list on a stock exchange, is the latest sign that investors are eager to back fertility companies that have plans to expand into Asia's ...
Fertility and immigration
Los Angeles Times - 2/7/2013 11:58:17 PM
Like much else in the world, immigration is influenced by the fertility rate: that is, the number of children the average woman has during her lifetime. If the total fertility rate of a country is above 2.1 — what demographers called the ...