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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.

Description: The map displayed here shows how Total fertility rate varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value.

Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2014

See also: Total fertility rate bar chart

 

Country NameTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)Year of Estimate
Niger72014
Mali62014
Burundi62014
Somalia62014
Uganda62014
Burkina Faso62014
Zambia62014
Malawi62014
Angola52014
Mozambique52014
Nigeria52014
Ethiopia52014
Benin52014
Tanzania52014
Guinea52014
Sierra Leone52014
Cameroon52014
Liberia52014
Congo, Democratic Republic of the52014
Congo, Republic of the52014
Chad52014
Sao Tome and Principe52014
Equatorial Guinea52014
Rwanda52014
Togo52014
Senegal52014
Gabon42014
Central African Republic42014
Guinea-Bissau42014
Madagascar42014
Eritrea42014
Ghana42014
Mauritania42014
Western Sahara42014
Sudan42014
Gambia, The42014
Comoros42014
Cote d'Ivoire42014
Zimbabwe42014
Kenya42014
Swaziland32014
Egypt32014
Algeria32014
Lesotho32014
Djibouti22014
Botswana22014
Cape Verde22014
Namibia22014
South Africa22014
Morocco22014
Libya22014
Tunisia22014
Seychelles22014
Mauritius22014
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