|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
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 ...
Education, Not Fertility, Key for Economic Development in Developing Countries
Science Daily - 12/4/2013 3:32:11 PM
Dec. 4, 2013 — A new study published in the journal Demography shows that improvements in education levels around the world have been key drivers of economic growth in developing countries that has previously been attributed to declines in fertility rates.
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 ...
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 ...
Education—not fertility—key for economic development
Phys - 12/3/2013 11:54:27 PM
"Countries where a large part of the population is in working age tend to become richer quicker than those with a sizable proportion of children or elderly people," explains Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, a researcher at IIASA, professor at the Vienna University ...
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 ...
New Forecast Predicts Rebound In Countries With Low Fertility Rates
asianscientist.com - 7/28/2011 11:56:42 PM
This trend spread to other regions of the world in the 20th and 21st centuries ... (2011) Probabilistic Projections of the Total Fertility Rate for All Countries . Sources: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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 ...
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.
India’s total fertility rate likely to dip by 0.1 point
India Times - 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-third ...
Birth Rates Among Immigrants in America: Comparing Fertility in the U.S. and Home Countries
cis.org - 11/20/2013 12:42:40 PM
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 ...
World population to peak by 2055: report
CNBC - 9/9/2013 3:48:16 PM
The world population will peak at 8.7 billion people ... South Korea and Brazil now have the largest declines in fertility. He argued that poorer countries needed a higher total fertility rate (TFR) -- the average number of live births per woman over ...
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 ... 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 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 downturn has come to an end, federal data show, as an improving economy encouraged Americans to resume having babies. The number of babies born in the United ...