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
Dropping fertility rates are a threat to the global economy
The Business Insider - 11/28/2016 7:31:22 PM
Total fertility rates, which can be defined as the average number ... of just 2.5 – roughly half of what it was 50 years ago. Today, 46% of the world’s population lives in countries that are below the average global replacement rate of 2.1 children ...
China Now Has the Lowest Fertility Rate in the World
The National Interest - 12/1/2016 4:00:13 PM
Even while the total fertility rate, a rough approximation of the number of children ... That fertility decline continued, similar to declines in neighboring East Asian countries like Korea and Taiwan, with an educated and healthy workforce that included ...
How Post-Familialism Will Shape the New Asia
Forbes - 12/1/2016 12:01:00 AM
Seoul has monopolized population growth in Korea, accounting for nearly 90% of total growth since ... many parts of the developing world. In rapidly urbanizing, relatively poor countries such as Vietnam, the fertility rate is already below replacement ...
In One Of Latin America’s Poorest Countries, Boosting The Economy Is Women’s Work
FiveThirtyEight - 12/7/2016 8:17:57 PM
Since 2006, Nicaragua has leapt up the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap ... access to financing — help increase productivity, especially in countries with low fertility rates. “What we see is that the largest gains occur in countries where ...
How developing countries can deal with rising health care costs
asia.nikkei.com - 11/23/2016 6:58:31 AM
The world's aging population is a twofold ... bringing social and public policy challenges. Many Asian countries have experienced a sharp fertility decline in recent decades, and declines in total fertility rates -- the number of children per woman ...
Population to halve in 100 years
THE KOREA TIMES - 12/8/2016 6:15:04 PM
According to the estimate, the country's total population will drop to 43 million ... The country recorded a fertility rate of 1.24 last year, one of the lowest in the world. The statistics office expects deaths will start outnumbering births in 2029.
Demographic dividend: An opportunity to accelerate growth
opinion.bdnews24.com - 11/24/2016 11:53:48 PM
In 1978, population was declared as the number one problem for the country ... population growth rate. As a result, the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) increased from less than 8 percent in the 1970s to 62 percent and the total fertility rate (TFR ...
China’s Demographic Collapse
tibet.net - 11/25/2016 11:59:46 PM
China has one of the world’s lowest total fertility rates – the average number of children that are born to a woman during her lifetime. According to the 2016 China Statistical Yearbook, the country’s 2015 fertility rate was about 1.05 – far below ...
Births in S.C. still haven't rebounded to pre-recession levels
Berkeley Independent - 11/30/2016 5:45:47 AM
"In the grand scheme of things it’s not a huge decline and most other countries are much worse and I think it’s actually remarkable the stability of the fertility rate." At Roper St. Francis, locals numbers paint a similar picture. Total births within ...
Farzaneh Roudi on Demography and Development
The Huffington Post - 11/29/2016 10:54:47 AM
Unemployment rates among women in MENA countries are among the highest in the world despite the fact that the region ... as reflected in the government's development plan, was to reduce the total fertility rate to 4.0 births per woman by 2011.
The Social Bank of Pakistan
The Express Tribune - 12/1/2016 11:59:49 PM
The “country has spent more time struggling with these ... Pakistan is likely to be the third largest contributor to the additional world population during 2015-2050. Total fertility rate (TFR) has declined but remains dangerously high, whether you ...
15 Amazing Things These Countries Do For New Moms
babygaga.com - 12/1/2016 3:07:07 AM
But what about other countries around the globe? How are mothers, and the nations’ newest citizens, celebrated? Different parts of the world champion very different ... by Business Insider, Japan’s fertility rate hit its highest level in 21 years ...
Call for China to further ease birth control policy amid fears of population decline in 2018
South China Morning Post - 11/20/2016 11:58:33 PM
author of The Uncontrollable Population Control China has one of the world’s lowest total fertility rates – the average number of children that are born to a woman during her lifetime. According to the 2016 China Statistical Yearbook, the country’s ...
Want A Laugh? “‘We’re OUTBREEDING you!’ Putin taunts West as he unveils drive to boost Russian birth rate”
toinformistoinfluence.com - 12/3/2016 12:51:43 PM
The Kremlin supremo went on a bizarre rant about fertility as he announced plans to roll out 94 “hi-tech” perinatal centres across the country during his annual ... In 2015, the total fertility rate will be even higher in Russia to 1.78.