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
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.
Did Russia Really Boost Its Birthrate by Promising New Mothers Prize Money and Refrigerators?
Slate - 10/13/2014 6:32:10 PM
... with worries about population decline—birthrates 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 ...
India struggling to achieve total fertility rate of 2.1 per cent
The Economic Times - 7/11/2014 5:24:41 PM
NEW DELHI: As India observes the World Population day today, the country is struggling to achieve the much-awaited goal of reaching the total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.1 per cent. "In spite of perceptible decline in TFR - the average number of children ...
World population to peak by 2055: report
CNBC - 9/9/2013 11:52:03 AM
The world population will peak at 8.7 billion people in ... South Korea and Brazil now have the largest declines in fertility. He argued that poorer countries needed a higher total fertility rate (TFR) -- the average number of live births per woman over ...
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 ...
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 ...
Fertility rate drops in Afghanistan, but will it continue?
USA Today - 1/25/2013 9:33:14 AM
Afghanistan's fertility rate, one of the world's highest before the fall of the Taliban ... drop is that the ouster of the Taliban was followed by a rise in aid from NATO countries that funded schools, maternal health, family planning services and birth ...
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 that population will reach between ... 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 ...
The Fertility Implosion
New York Times - 3/13/2012 1:38:32 AM
Morocco, Syria and Saudi Arabia have seen fertility-rate declines ... fertility implosion. Already, nearly half the world’s population lives in countries with birthrates below the replacement level. According to the Census Bureau, the total increase ...
World population unlikely to stop growing this century
Nature - 9/17/2014 11:56:29 PM
Baby boom in Africa set to push global population as high as 12 billion ... 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 ...
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 ...
15 GIFs That Show How The World's Population Will Be Totally Different In The Year 2100
The Business Insider - 9/9/2013 5:21:20 PM
The world is getting older, developed countries especially. Even in emerging markets like Brazil, the total fertility rate has dropped from 6.2 live ... 8.7 billion before declining to eight billion by 2100. Now, thanks to coder Martin De Wulf and ...
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 ...
World Population To Increase To 9.7B By 2050; India Will Overtake China As Most Populous Nation: New Study
International Business Times - 10/2/2013 2:09:25 PM
The world’s population will climb to 9.7 billion in 2050, and India’s population is projected to overtake that of China, while some of the African countries with higher fertility rates will see ... to the U.N. report, total population in developed ...
Ten countries that have the highest tax rates
Rediff India Abroad - 5/17/2012 4:24:50 AM
The effective taxation in Sweden is commonly cited as amongst the highest in the world. In fact, it is one of the eight European nations to make the list of countries ... cent of the total property value. Belgium's employee social security rate is 13.07 ...