|Rank||Country||Total fertility rate (children born/woman)|
|9||Congo, Republic of the||5.59|
|17||Congo, Democratic Republic of the||5.09|
|21||Sao Tome and Principe||4.94|
|28||Central African Republic||4.57|
|49||Papua New Guinea||3.39|
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
World Population Unlikely to Stop Growing This Century
Scientific American - 9/18/2014 11:55:18 PM
“But quite some uncertainty does still remain with regards to future birth rates, in particular in high-fertility countries in the developing world.” Taking into account the varying uncertainties makes a difference, the authors of the Science paper not
Fertility Rate is Collapsing in Many Unexpected Countries
Value Walk - 9/4/2013 8:16:04 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 ...
Boom! Earth’s Population Could Hit 12 Billion by 2100
Wired News - 9/18/2014 1:54:00 PM
Raftery’s group took a finer grained look at the data, running population models on a country-by-country basis. “There is an 80 percent probability that world ... total, populations will level off in Asia and South America, where fertility rates ...
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 ...
Russia's Total Fertility Rate Is Rapidly Converging With America's
Forbes - 8/18/2014 10:48:52 AM
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.
Underpopulation: Muslim World Faces Devastating Fertility Decline
Life News - 7/5/2012 5:09:55 PM
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 ...
Fertility rates climb back up in the most developed countries
ScienceBlogs - 8/4/2009 11:55:09 PM
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 developed countries, it needs to be 2.1 or higher if the number of newborns ...
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 ...
South Korea ‘can go extinct’ by 2750 if low fertility rate remains
Channel News Asia - 8/25/2014 11:05:01 PM
But the population could fall to 20 million by the end of the century, if the country's fertility rate remains at the same level as in 2013. South Korea's total fertility rate is one of the world's lowest, and only Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau ...
10 Countries With the Largest Projected Population Growth: American Exceptionalism
The Huffington Post - 1/31/2012 6:41:52 PM
While the media coverage focused on the implications of the growing population and the resulting strains that this growth can cause, less attention was paid to the fact that the population growth ... country in the top 10 with a total fertility rate ...
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 Rate Stabilizes as the Economy Grows
New York Times - 9/6/2013 3:56:00 AM
WASHINGTON — The sharp decline in the country’s fertility rate during the economic ... a nonprofit research group. The fertility rate is the total number of babies born per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44. Last year it stood at 63, down slightly from 2011.
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.
World Population to Reach 11 Billion by 2100 Study Says
Alaska Native News - 9/19/2014 6:03:22 PM
Using modern statistical tools, a new study led by the University of Washington and the United Nations finds that world population is likely ... “In a given year and country the fertility rate might be half a child higher, but the probability that ...
Shanghai, Beijing have lowest fertility rates in the world
Hindustan Times - 5/1/2012 5:58:23 PM
Behind the gleaming skyscrapers of Shanghai and Beijing lies an uneasy truth: the two cities possibly have the lowest total fertility rates (TFR) in the world. Coupled with the fact the country’s TFR (the average number of children a woman will have in ...