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
Birth Rates Among Immigrants in America: Comparing Fertility in the U.S. and Home Countries
Center for Immigration Studies - 3/7/2014 12:01:40 PM
We have previously estimated from birth records that there were 380,000 births to illegal aliens in 2002, accounting for nearly 10 percent of all births in the United States. If illegals are allowed to remain in the country, either as illegal aliens or ...
The Economist online - 3/7/2014 1:17:25 AM
THROUGHOUT most of the developing world, falling fertility has been a quiet, almost stealthy force improving people’s lives. Because it is easier to educate two children than five, lower fertility goes hand in hand with higher skills and increased ...
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 ...
World to face challenge of under-population as fertility rates decline
National Post - 10/24/2011 7:42:01 PM
With many of the world’s poorer countries still seeing strong growth, the global fertility rate — the number of children born per couple — remains around 2.5, more than enough to replace every person currently alive. But in richer countries ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Polish mothers have more children once they come to Britain: Birth rate among migrants is two third higher here than in their homeland
Daily Mail - 2/5/2014 1:02:54 AM
Birth rates among Polish women rise by two thirds when they move to Britain, official figures showed yesterday. Those who migrated here after 2004 have an average of 2.13 children compared with the 1.30 level seen in their native land.
Why Chinese don’t want more children
CNN World - 3/10/2014 4:51:36 PM
The central government put in place a program of incentives including tax breaks for parents, subsidized housing, and access to child care. According to the Wall Street Journal, France spends 4 percent of its GDP on these programs – about ...
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 ...
India’s total fertility rate likely to dip by 0.1 point
Times of India - 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 of the ...
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 ...
10 Countries With the Largest Projected Population Growth: American Exceptionalism
The Huffington Post - 1/31/2012 9:40:50 PM
That is, some countries have ... population projections point to unique aspects of American demographics. Some readers may see the positive opportunities of a vast new generation, the influx of immigrant passion and a manageable support ratio ...