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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, 2018

See also: Total fertility rate bar chart

 

CountryTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)Year
Niger62017
Angola62017
Mali62017
Burundi62017
Somalia62017
Uganda62017
Burkina Faso62017
Zambia62017
Malawi52017
Mozambique52017
Nigeria52017
Liberia52017
Ethiopia52017
Guinea52017
Benin52017
Tanzania52017
Sierra Leone52017
Cameroon52017
Congo, Republic of the52017
Congo, Democratic Republic of the42017
Equatorial Guinea42017
Gabon42017
Togo42017
Chad42017
Central African Republic42017
Senegal42017
Sao Tome and Principe42017
Guinea-Bissau42017
Madagascar42017
Ghana42017
Eritrea42017
Zimbabwe42017
Rwanda42017
Western Sahara42017
Mauritania42017
Sudan42017
Gambia, The42017
Egypt32017
Cote d'Ivoire32017
Comoros32017
Namibia32017
Kenya32017
Algeria32017
Swaziland32017
Lesotho32017
Botswana32017
Djibouti22017
South Africa22017
Cape Verde22017
Tunisia22017
Morocco22017
Libya22017
Seychelles22017
Mauritius22017