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
Singapore's low birth rate poses economic problems, as Asia's demographic stress rises
CNBC - 7/26/2016 1:06:54 AM
Singapore's policymakers have long battled the country's low birth rate ... but the measures have met with little success. Singapore's total fertility rate was 1.24 in 2015, far below the ideal replacement level of 2.1 needed to keep the population ...
Fertility, Faith and Politics
Patheos - 7/25/2016 6:23:03 AM
I have been writing on the global demographic revolution marked by collapsing fertility rates and ... trends in the countries of Latin America, and especially the most economically developed. A few decades ago, all had classic Third World population ...
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 10/16/2012 6:28:12 PM
... 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 ...
Israel’s Looming Demographic Crisis
New York Times - 7/26/2016 9:56:37 AM
Given that Israel has the highest birthrate in the developed world, those who ... so central to the country’s raison d’être — and still enjoy sustainable population levels. It is Israel’s high fertility rate — 50 percent higher than most other ...
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Project - 4/2/2015 1:43:28 PM
Between 2010 and 2050, the world’s total population is expected to rise to ... The global Buddhist population is expected to be fairly stable because of low fertility rates and aging populations in countries such as China, Thailand and Japan.
Probabilistic Projections of the Total Fertility Rate for All Countries
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov - 7/25/2016 3:02:37 AM
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 ...
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 ...
Caffeine? Boxers Or Briefs? Laptop Use? Study Seeks Clues To Fertility, Including Men's
WBUR - 7/17/2016 11:57:39 PM
When it comes to male participation, it's the largest study of its kind in the world: Nearly 3,500 women ... might be contributing to a decline in fertility rates nationwide ("fertility" is defined as total births per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in a year ...
10 Countries With the Largest Projected Population Growth: American Exceptionalism
The Huffington Post - 1/31/2012 6:38:53 AM
Data from the OECD is readily available online and makes for a great data source for cross-country comparisons. Population projections and total fertility rates for this article came from the World Population Prospects 2010. GDP per capita estimates were ...
Palestinian Demgographic Manipulation
Jewish Press - 7/26/2016 9:13:40 AM
The July 11, 2016 statistics ... by a World Bank study, documenting a 32% gap between its own births documentation and the PCBS’ births statistics). In 2016, Israel’s Jewish fertility rate (3.15 births per woman) is higher than all Arab countries ...
Underpopulation: Muslim World Faces Devastating Fertility Decline
Life News - 7/5/2012 5:06:56 AM
New York, NY (CFAM/LifeNews) — Fertility rates of Muslim populations around the world have almost ... Out of the ten biggest declines in total fertility rates in the post-war era “six have occurred in Muslim-majority countries” say Eberstadt and ...
India's birth rate declines, Kerala registers the lowest in country
Daily News and Analysis - 12/23/2014 4:10:42 PM
The survey further said there has been a decline of 1.4 points in the CBR for the country from 2008 to 2013. "The corresponding decline in rural CBR is 1.5 points and in urban CBR 1.2 points," the survey said. The report said the Total Fertility Rate (TFR ...
Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets
The Guardian - 2/13/2015 12:35:43 AM
New figures show the lowest total ... the country’s youth not to migrate and work abroad. The demographic picture varies wildly between Italy’s regions, with the autonomous northern area of Trentino-Alto Adige enjoying a total fertility rate of 1.65 ...
Fertility rates climb back up in the most developed countries
ScienceBlogs - 8/4/2009 11:55:09 PM
You wouldn’t think it to look at our skyrocketing global population, but many parts of the world are experiencing serious falls in fertility. A country’s fertility rate is the average number of children born to a woman over her lifetime. In most ...
Italian birth rate continues to sink and drag down Italian “life satisfaction”
Lifesite - 10/23/2013 7:25:07 AM
With a total fertility rate standing at about 1.41 children born per woman, Italy’s birth rate is ranked 203 rd out of 224 countries of the world. As of this year too, Italian deaths have outstripped births, with 10.01 deaths per 1,000 population and 8 ...