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
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Politi Fact - 3/25/2015 4:41:46 AM
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Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 10/16/2012 6:28:12 PM
... rate that keeps a population stable—for developed countries is 2.1, yet nearly half the world’s population has birth rates lower than that. The U.S. has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.0—nearly the replacement rate—with Hispanic immigrants ...
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The Huffington Post - 1/31/2012 6:38:53 AM
Data from the OECD is readily available online and makes for a great data source for cross-country comparisons. Population projections and total fertility rates for this article came from the World Population Prospects 2010. GDP per capita estimates were ...
Ghana’s recent request for an IMF bailout has taken the world by surprise – Bawumia
Spy Ghana - 3/25/2015 4:20:17 AM
Ghana’s recent request for an IMF bailout has taken the world by surprise ... drain on the country’s finances. Over the last six years this government has had more finances than any other government”. “Between 2001-2008 the total tax revenues ...
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San Jose Mercury News - 3/24/2015 2:26:57 AM
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rinf.com - 3/23/2015 6:55:58 PM
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CNBC - 9/9/2013 11:52:03 AM
The world population will peak at 8.7 billion people in ... 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 ...
Some Highly Developed Countries See Increased Fertility
Washington Post - 8/9/2009 11:56:23 PM
sometimes far below the replacement rate in some of the world's most highly developed nations, such as Japan, South Korea, Germany, Spain and Italy. "There was a consensus that as countries develop, become richer and provide more education, that fertility ...
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Slate - 10/13/2014 6:32:10 PM
Russia is hardly the only country with worries about population decline—birthrates are falling below the replacement fertility rate in nearly every industrialized country in the world. Russia, though, has faced a significantly more dramatic demographic ...
Madhya Pradesh struggling to match country's total fertility rate
Times of India - 5/30/2012 12:56:08 AM
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finfacts.ie - 3/26/2015 8:51:07 AM
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Technician Online - 1/11/2015 11:26:17 PM
the total fertility rate has fallen more than 50 percent, to 1.48 children per female, which is one of the world’s lowest birth rate. The low birth rate and the rapid aging of population threaten the labor force and the economy. Countries such as Spain ...