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
Did Russia Really Boost Its Birth Rate by Promising New Mothers Prize Money and Refrigerators?
Slate - 10/13/2014 2:21:37 PM
... with worries about population decline—birth rates are falling below the replacement fertility rate in nearly every industrialized country in the world. Russia, though, has faced a significantly more dramatic demographic bust than most places. Thanks ...
UN Further Refines Population Projections: 80 Percent Probability of 10-12 Billion People by 2100
newsecuritybeat.org - 10/16/2014 10:07:31 AM
For the world, the UNPD projects an 80 percent probability ... In the case of the oft-cited medium-fertility variant, all countries were projected to achieve a total fertility rate of 1.85 children per woman, regardless of current rate or recent trends.
My Letter To President Mahama
Spy Ghana - 10/20/2014 6:59:39 PM
Ghana joined the Global Depopulation Policy in 1985 and the total fertility rate went down from almost 7 children per ... Ghana is a well-governed country with a rapidly growing economy, a free press and a high Human Development Index.
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 ...
Russia's Total Fertility Rate Is Rapidly Converging With America's
Forbes - 8/17/2014 11:57:28 PM
In the long term any country’s demographic trajectory is ultimately reliant on its Total Fertility Rate (TFR) the number of children born ... low TFR it can have the best healthcare in the entire world and nothing will prevent its population from collapsing.
World population to peak by 2055: report
CNBC - 9/9/2013 11:52:03 AM
The world population ... developed countries have long had low birth rates, developing countries like China, Russia, South Korea and Brazil now have the largest declines in fertility. He argued that poorer countries needed a higher total fertility rate ...
Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries
Wall Street Journal - 3/19/2014 10:24:31 PM
Chile's government last year announced plans for a "baby bonus" for parents who have a third child, following the lead of countries such ... the U.S. population still is growing. In the developing world, fertility rates are likely to continue falling.
Low Fertility Rates – Just a Phase?
Yale Global Online - 7/9/2013 5:23:17 PM
Thirty years ago only a small fraction of the world’s population lived in the few countries with fertility rates substantially below the “replacement level” – the rate at which the fertility of a hypothetical cohort of women would exactly replace ...
Madhya Pradesh struggling to match country's total fertility rate
Times of India - 5/30/2012 12:56:08 AM
Kerala and Punjab succeeded in controlling the total fertility rate (TFR - the average number of children expected to be born per woman during her reproductive years), Madhya Pradesh continues its struggle to match the country's average TFR of 2.5 ...
The happiest countries in the world
USA Today - 5/10/2014 6:28:04 AM
Unemployment rates and life expectancy at birth which measures income inequality after taxes and transfer payments, for each country, were also based on data from the OECD. These are the happiest countries in the world. > Life expectancy: 82.8 years (the ...
Korea's Total Fertility Rate Still Near the Bottom of the World
CHOSUNILBO - 11/17/2011 12:44:01 AM
Korea's total fertility rate ranks 217th among 222 countries this year with a mere 1.23 babies per woman, according to the 2011 CIA World Factbook quoted by the Korea Development Institute on Wednesday. The fertility rate is the average number of children ...
World population unlikely to stop growing this century
Nature - 9/17/2014 11:56:29 PM
“But quite some uncertainty does still remain with regards to future birth rates, in particular in high-fertility countries in the developing world.” Taking into account the varying uncertainties makes a difference, the authors of the Science paper not
The most educated countries in the world
Yahoo Finance - 9/11/2014 2:23:47 PM
Tertiary education spending in six of the most educated countries was higher than the OECD average of $13,957. Spending on tertiary education in the U.S., for example, was $26,021 per student, by far the most in the world ... rate higher than the OECD ...
Go forth and multiply a lot less
The Economist online - 10/28/2009 11:54:34 PM
That is, the fertility rate of half the world will be 2.1 or below ... 2.9 billion people out of a total of 6.5 billion were living in countries at or below this point in 2000-05. The number will rise to 3.4 billion out of 7 billion in the early 2010s ...
The Fertility Implosion
New York Times - 3/13/2012 1:38:32 AM
Morocco, Syria and Saudi Arabia have seen fertility-rate declines of ... Already, nearly half the world’s population lives in countries with birthrates below the replacement level. According to the Census Bureau, the total increase in global manpower ...