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
The Economist online - 3/7/2014 2:57:38 AM
In some African countries, such as Niger, fertility remains sky-high; in others, such as Ghana and Tanzania, fertility began to fall, then stopped. With fertility, small variations build up to make a huge difference over time. In 1970, there were 360m ...
Fertility Rate is Collapsing in Many Unexpected Countries
Value Walk - 9/4/2013 11:57:59 AM
Using the CIA Factbook for data, the present total fertility rate for the world is 2.45 births per woman that survives ... India, the satellite countries of the former Soviet Union, etc… fewer women means a lower growth rate, and unhappier societies ...
Fertility Rates are Decreasing in Some Unexpected Countries
Value Walk - 11/29/2012 3:05:42 PM
Using the CIA Factbook for data, the present total fertility rate for the world is 2.47 births per woman that survives ... India, the satellite countries of the former Soviet Union, etc… fewer women means a lower growth rate, and unhappier societies ...
India’s total fertility rate likely to dip by 0.1 point
Times of India - 2/14/2012 8:55:36 PM
NEW DELHI: India's Total Fertility Rate (TFR) — the average number of children that ... The minister added, "The world population stands at 7 billion plus. Africa and India together constitute more than 2.3 billion, which is roughly one ...
The dividend is delayed
The Economist online - 3/6/2014 5:53:37 PM
They include Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Niger, which, at 7.5, has the highest fertility rate in the world. Add the last three groups together and you find that 78% of Africa’s people live in countries where the transition to low ...
Polish mothers have more children once they come to Britain: Birth rate among migrants is two third higher here than in their homeland
Daily Mail - 2/5/2014 1:02:54 AM
The 2011 census recorded a 3.7million population increase in England and Wales over the decade, around two thirds of it brought about by immigration and high birth rates among migrant mothers. ‘Fertility rates in Poland and Lithuania were very ...
Fertility rates climb back up in the most developed countries
scienceblogs.com - 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 ...
Fertility rates affected by global economic crisis
Terra Daily - 7/5/2011 2:12:33 AM
The recent global economic recession has brought to an end the first concerted rise in fertility rates across the developed world since the 1960s. Of the 27 countries of the European Union, fertility rates increased in 26 countries in 2008 (with stagnation ...
More governments are worried about fertility rates
MercatorNet - 1/14/2014 12:46:02 AM
Total fertility fell in all but six of the 186 countries or areas for which data are available ... America’s childless rate is among the highest in the world (19%), despite the average age of first birth being 25 (fairly average). It seems that ...
Check Out The 20 Least Fertile Countries In Europe
The Business Insider - 11/1/2011 1:24:28 AM
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 ...
India Witnesses Biggest Demographic Change, Contributed By Declining Fertility Rates
Silicon India - 9/12/2013 10:44:04 AM
Bangalore: India which is the second most populous country in the world ... Sciences said, "The fertility rate has declined and hence the children's population has declined, thus reducing that age group's share in the total population.
Towards A Productive Conversation About Low Total Fertility Rates
theamericanconservative.com - 3/14/2012 11:55:57 PM
This is one reason why countries like Japan and Germany run such large persistent ... that Japan remains resistant to immigration (pretty certain) and that even if its total fertility rate rises it won’t rise enough to make a dramatic difference (also ...
Birth Rates Among Immigrants in America: Comparing Fertility in the U.S. and Home Countries
cis.org - 2/2/2014 4:41:12 AM
Moreover, the total fertility for immigrants from the top countries in 2002 was 2.86 ... One reason fertility rates have declined so much around the world in recent decades is that the education level for women has increased significantly in almost ...
Underpopulation: Muslim World Faces Devastating Fertility Decline
Life News - 7/4/2012 11:59:08 PM
New York, NY (CFAM/LifeNews) — Fertility rates of Muslim populations around the world have almost literally fallen off a cliff, so steep has been their decline. Policy makers at the UN and elsewhere have barely noticed this. “There remains a widely ...