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
UK reports largest drop in fertility rate in 40 years
Lifesite - 7/16/2014 7:13:17 PM
and explains that changes to the total fertility rate are tied to an increasing number of women delaying childbearing to their later years. "In most developed countries women have been increasingly delaying childbearing to later in life, which has resulted ...
Depopulation Debate in Japan, One of the World’s First Countries to Face the Issues
Ecology - 7/23/2014 12:28:18 AM
The country’s population ... “If the birth rate remains unchanged, the population will decrease to approximately 87 million in 2060 and to approximately 43 million in 2110. However, if the total fertility rate rises to 2.07 in 2030, then the population ...
The Fertility Conundrum
Mareeg - 7/23/2014 2:11:30 PM
Lowering the birth rate lowers theoverall dependency ... lifetime is around 2.3. This is the total fertility rate (TFR) required to maintain current population levels (the replacement rate). Unfortunately, few countries strike the right balance, with ...
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 ...
The fertility conundrum: Worth pondering over
Himalayan Times - 7/23/2014 8:35:03 AM
Lowering the birth rate lowers the overall dependency ... lifetime is around 2.3. This is the total fertility rate (TFR) required to maintain current population levels (the replacement rate). Unfortunately, few countries strike the right balance, with ...
India’s Infant Mortality Rate Dips
The Indian Republic - 7/17/2014 5:17:34 PM
The National Health Profile, released by union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, said the total fertility rate also continued to fall. The figures also highlighted that the health infrastructure in the country remains below international standards at present ...
India struggling to achieve total fertility rate of 2.1 per cent
The Economic Times - 7/11/2014 11:41:05 AM
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 ...
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, measures the amount ...
Most Educated Countries Across The World
Pakistan Defence - 7/26/2014 7:48:33 AM
On the basis of the surveys done we gathered some astonishing facts about the most educated countries ... as compare to all over the world. Total Population in the Korea with tertiary education: 40.4% Annual average growth rate during the year 2000-2011 ...
Kenya: Nation's Fertility Rate At Five Children Per Woman
AllAfrica - 7/11/2014 12:52:40 PM
According to a World Bank report released on Friday to mark World Population Day, Kenya's total fertility rate increased by one per cent from ... communities and countries. Providing quality education, decent employment, effective livelihood skills and ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.