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
U.S. Fertility Rate Hits All-Time Low
AllGov - 12/17/2014 12:07:16 PM
Last year, 3.93 million births were recorded in the country. That total represented a slight drop from 2012 but a much more significant one compared to 2007. The fertility rate, defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the ...
World Bank Approves $170 Million to Improve Reproductive Health and Education for Women and Girls in Africa’s Sahel Region
ReliefWeb - 12/21/2014 5:07:21 AM
WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014—The World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors today approved US$170.2 million for women and adolescent girls to expand their access to reproductive, child and maternal health services in five countries in Africa’s ...
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
Russia is hardly the only country 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 ...
World View: 300 Chinese Citizens Join ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Breitbart News - 12/16/2014 6:46:20 AM
("6-Oct-14 World View -- ISIS ... central bank raised interest rates to 17% from 10.5% early Tuesday morning to halt the collapse of the ruble currency. On Monday, the ruble fell 10% in one day against the dollar, for a total of 49% fall this year ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Arab countries should look at nuclear power: AAE chief
Gulf News - 12/22/2014 3:14:37 PM
Energy demand in the UAE is growing at an annual rate of about 9 per ... is just 11.9 per cent of the total world energy output at the moment. It should increase. There are more than 400 nuclear reactors in 31 countries.” He said there has been a ...
World Prematurity Day: Let's cut preterm birth rate in half by 2030
FOX News - 11/18/2014 5:46:29 AM
The Institute of Medicine estimates the total economic ... preterm birth rate in half by 2030. This may sound audacious, but why can’t the United States be the best country for newborn health? November 17th is World Prematurity Day when families ...
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 10:34:40 AM
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 ...