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
Did Russia Really Boost Its Birthrate by Promising New Mothers Prize Money and Refrigerators?
Slate - 10/13/2014 6:32:10 PM
... 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 bust than most places. Thanks ...
UN Further Refines Population Projections: 80 Percent Probability of 10-12 Billion People by 2100
newsecuritybeat.org - 10/16/2014 10:07:31 AM
For the world, the UNPD projects an 80 percent probability ... In the case of the oft-cited medium-fertility variant, all countries were projected to achieve a total fertility rate of 1.85 children per woman, regardless of current rate or recent trends.
World population unlikely to stop growing this century
Nature - 9/17/2014 11:56:29 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
Can 11 billion people survive on this planet? (Wait, 11 billion?)
Seattle Post Intelligencer - 10/4/2014 11:57:48 PM
That’s 11 billion people total, according to a new study by ... According to the study, world population projections are based on life expectancy and fertility rates. If either changes, the projections shift. Africa has some of the highest fertility ...
A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates
National Geographic - 9/17/2014 11:56:29 PM
A country's total fertility—the number of children the average woman bears in her lifetime—is the key variable in the "demographic transition" that every developing country is expected to go through. At the outset of the transition, high death rates ...
World Population Expected to Rise Rapidly This Century
US News and World Report - 10/23/2014 8:57:47 PM
The world ... rates. The effect of better education for girls takes at least 15 years to appear because girls entering primary education now won't be of prime child-bearing age until at least a decade later. The effect is greatest in countries with high ...
World population to keep growing this century, hit 11 billion by 2100
washington.edu - 9/19/2014 10:18:04 AM
18 in the journal Science includes the most up-to-date numbers for future world population ... “In a given year and country the fertility rate might be half a child higher, but the probability that it would be half a child higher in all countries ...
Earth’s Population Could Reach 12.3 Billion by 2100, Scientists Say
sci-news.com - 9/19/2014 5:13:15 PM
... year and country the fertility rate might be half a child higher, but the probability that it would be half a child higher in all countries in all years in the future is very low.” “Rising population could exacerbate world problems such as climate ...
Malawi ranked 8th poorest in Africa, World’s fastest growing consumer
Nyasa Times - 10/23/2014 8:00:31 PM
Malawi’s total consumer expenditure will ... Last year, another report ranked Malawi as the second world’s worst performing economy, according to ranking by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which rates countries by at least one measure.
World population could surpass 13 BILLION by the end of the century
Mongabay - 9/17/2014 11:56:29 PM
Due to declining fertility rates, populations would peak somewhere between 2050 and 2100 before dropping slowly. Increasingly, experts say that's no longer the case. "Population growth was a major world concern ... in high-fertility countries and so ...
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 ...
It's not a small world after all: world population will soar
Philadelphia Daily News - 9/19/2014 9:49:26 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Contrary to some earlier projections, the world's population will ... researchers used data on population, fertility, mortality and migration from every country and then predicted future rates using new statistical models.
World’s population unlikely to level off anytime soon — may hit 12 billion by 2100
Washington Post - 9/23/2014 2:20:53 AM
Contrary to some earlier projections, the world’s population will soar ... Raftery said the researchers used data on population, fertility, mortality and migration from every country and then predicted future rates using new statistical models.
The best economies in the world
USA Today - 9/14/2014 7:32:12 AM
Yet the country might not have enough qualified workers to meet its continuing growth and global competitive needs. In addition to boasting one of the world's lowest unemployment rates ... Finland's GDP is projected to total only $194 billion in 2014 ...