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
India will be world's most populous country by 2022, U.N. projects
Mashable - 7/29/2015 9:53:27 PM
Africa has the world's highest rate of population growth. By contrast, almost 50 countries are expected to see their population contract over the next several decades, particularly in Europe, where fertility rates are slowing. Global aging is also noted.
India set to become world's most populous country by 2022: UN
The Express Tribune - 7/29/2015 11:47:59 PM
generate large differences in total population, the report said. In recent years, fertility has declined in almost all parts of the world, while life expectancy has increased significantly in the poorest countries, rising from 56 to 62 since the beginning ...
Global population set to hit 9.7 billion people by 2050 despite fall in fertility
theguardian.com - 7/29/2015 4:31:20 PM
The UN report attributes the slowdown to the near-global decline in fertility rates ... with its total inhabitants expected to shrink from 738 million people now to 646 million in 2100. Almost half the people in the world (46%) live in countries ...
Global population set to hit 9.7 billion by 2050
Ghana Web - 7/30/2015 9:56:26 AM
Of all the world’s major regions, only Europe can expect a steady decline in its population over the remainder of this century, with its total ... should fertility rates not decline along the predicted lines – if, for example, all countries had a ...
World Population Prospects: 2015 Revision
ReliefWeb - 7/30/2015 2:18:18 AM
World ... to lower fertility rates Future population growth is highly dependent on the path that future fertility will take, as relatively small changes in fertility behaviour, when projected over decades, can generate large differences in total population.
India to be world's most populous country by 2022, U.N. says
Latino FOX News - 7/29/2015 10:50:43 PM
With the highest demographic growth rate ... are currently among the world's 10 most populous countries, will continue growing until 2050, when their populations will stand at 238 million and 164 million, respectively. In total, according to these ...
World population set to soar to 9.7bn by 2050
The Scotsman - 7/30/2015 6:38:59 PM
... 9.7 billion by 2050 as India becomes the largest country, the United Nations has reported. In 35 years’ time, there will be an extra 2.4 billion people in the world owing to high fertility rates in a handful of countries. The UN predicts that the ...
Nigeria Among Fastest-Growing Countries As World Population Hits 9.7 Billion
360 nobs - 7/30/2015 2:03:59 AM
The United Nations has reported that by 2050, the world’s population will have surpassed 9.7 billion people. High fertility rates in a number of countries have been named as the cause of the extra 2.4 billion people in just 35 years. The countries ...
World Population to Hit 8.5 Billion by 2030
Inter Press Service - 7/30/2015 10:46:33 AM
Africa also has the highest adolescent birth rate: 98 out of 1,000 women. Africa will “play a central role in shaping the size and distribution of the world’s population over the coming decades,” says the report. In the 48 least developed countries ...
India Will Be Most Populous Country Sooner Than Thought, U.N. Says
New York Times - 7/29/2015 4:38:29 PM
Demographers have known for some time that the number of people in India would surpass the number in China, the two most populous countries in the world. But they did ... because of a slowdown in fertility rates that started decades ago.
China, India to have 37% of world's people
Emirates247 - 7/30/2015 10:17:55 AM
Africa has the highest current rate of population ... half of the world’s population growth between 2015 and 2050. “Most of the projected increase in the world’s population can be attributed to a short list of high-fertility countries—mainly ...
U.N Reports Reveal The World Population To Reach 8.5 Billion By 2030.
Tell Me News - 7/30/2015 8:52:01 AM
Further, Nigeria is expected to be world ... rate of population growth is increasing most rapidly in Nigeria. Currently 7th, Nigeria is expected to be 3rd largest country by next 30-35 years. Report further stated that the life expectancy at the time of ...
There Will Be Seven Times The Number Of 80-Year-Olds By 2100
vocativ.com - 7/29/2015 5:28:36 PM
Fertility rates will rise from 1.6 children per woman in 2015 to 1.8 in 2050, but that won’t be enough to stave off a contraction of the population, the report said. China and India are the two largest countries in the world, each with more than one ...