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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, 2012

See also: Total fertility rate bar chart

 

Country NameTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)Year of Estimate
Afghanistan62012
East Timor52012
Philippines32012
Pakistan32012
Laos32012
Tajikistan32012
Cambodia32012
Kyrgyzstan32012
Malaysia32012
India32012
Bangladesh32012
Kazakhstan22012
Nepal22012
Indonesia22012
Burma22012
Mongolia22012
Sri Lanka22012
Turkmenistan22012
Bhutan22012
Korea, North22012
Azerbaijan22012
Vietnam22012
Iran22012
Uzbekistan22012
Brunei22012
Thailand22012
Russia22012
Russia22012
China22012
Georgia12012
Japan12012
Armenia12012
Korea, South12012
Taiwan12012
Hong Kong12012
Macau12012
Singapore12012
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