Country Comparison > Total fertility rate

RankCountryTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)
1Niger6.62
2Burundi6.04
3Mali5.95
4Somalia5.89
5Uganda5.8
6Burkina Faso5.79
7Zambia5.67
8Malawi5.54
9Angola5.31
10Afghanistan5.22
11South Sudan5.19
12Mozambique5.15
13Nigeria5.13
14Ethiopia5.07
15East Timor4.9
16Benin4.86
17Tanzania4.83
18Guinea4.82
19Sierra Leone4.76
20Cameroon4.7
21Congo, Republic of the4.63
22Liberia4.6
23Congo, Democratic Republic of the4.53
24Equatorial Guinea4.48
25Rwanda4.46
26Chad4.45
27Gabon4.43
28Togo4.43
29Sao Tome and Principe4.4
30Senegal4.36
31Central African Republic4.36
32Gaza Strip4.3
33Guinea-Bissau4.16
34Madagascar4.12
35Eritrea4.07
36Iraq4.06
37Ghana4.03
38Mauritania3.93
39Western Sahara3.93
40Yemen3.77
41Sudan3.68
42Gambia, The3.63
43Egypt3.53
44Zimbabwe3.5
45Comoros3.47
46Cote d'Ivoire3.46
47Namibia3.36
48West Bank3.33
49Solomon Islands3.22
50Jordan3.18
51Tonga3.18
52Vanuatu3.16
53Kenya3.14
54Papua New Guinea3.1
55Marshall Islands3.09
56Philippines3.06
57Tuvalu2.98
58Belize2.9
59American Samoa2.87
60Oman2.84
61Nauru2.84
62Guatemala2.83
63Haiti2.79
64Samoa2.77
65Laos2.76
66Algeria2.74
67Swaziland2.74
68Honduras2.72
69Lesotho2.68
70Bolivia2.68
71Pakistan2.68
72Tajikistan2.67
73Israel2.66
74Kyrgyzstan2.64
75Cambodia2.56
76Syria2.55
77Malaysia2.53
78Micronesia, Federated States of2.45
79India2.45
80Kuwait2.44
81Fiji2.44
82Kiribati2.43
83Faroe Islands2.36
84Djibouti2.35
85Venezuela2.35
86United Arab Emirates2.33
87Panama2.33
88South Africa2.31
89Dominican Republic2.31
90Guam2.31
91Botswana2.3
92Argentina2.28
93Kazakhstan2.28
94Cape Verde2.26
95Mexico2.25
96Ecuador2.22
97Cook Islands2.21
98Bangladesh2.19
99Nepal2.18
100Peru2.15
101Burma2.15
102Mongolia2.13
103Indonesia2.13
104Morocco2.12
105Saudi Arabia2.11
106Sri Lanka2.09
107Turkmenistan2.08
108France2.07
109Curacao2.06
110Sint Maarten2.06
111Dominica2.04
112Libya2.04
113Guyana2.04
114Grenada2.04
115Turkey2.03
116New Zealand2.03
117Colombia2.02
118Antigua and Barbuda2.01
119Greenland2.01
120Iceland2.01
121Jamaica1.99
122Ireland1.98
123Tunisia1.98
124Northern Mariana Islands1.96
125Korea, North1.96
126Bahamas, The1.95
127Suriname1.95
128New Caledonia1.95
129Bermuda1.94
130Bhutan1.93
131Isle of Man1.93
132Nicaragua1.92
133Paraguay1.91
134Gibraltar1.91
135Azerbaijan1.9
136Costa Rica1.9
137French Polynesia1.9
138Qatar1.9
139United Kingdom1.89
140El Salvador1.89
141Sweden1.88
142United States1.87
143Seychelles1.86
144Norway1.86
145Cayman Islands1.85
146Aruba1.84
147Iran1.83
148Vietnam1.82
149Saint Vincent and the Grenadines1.81
150Uruguay1.81
151Chile1.81
152Brunei1.79
153Belgium1.78
154Uzbekistan1.78
155Netherlands1.78
156Saint Kitts and Nevis1.78
157Bahrain1.77
158Australia1.77
159Brazil1.76
160Georgia1.76
161Mauritius1.75
162Anguilla1.75
163Finland1.75
164Saint Lucia1.75
165Wallis and Futuna1.74
166Virgin Islands1.73
167Denmark1.73
168Maldives1.73
169Lebanon1.73
170Cuba1.71
171Trinidad and Tobago1.71
172Palau1.71
173Turks and Caicos Islands1.7
174Liechtenstein1.69
175Barbados1.68
176Jersey1.66
177Armenia1.64
178Puerto Rico1.64
179Russia1.61
180Luxembourg1.61
181Macedonia1.6
182Canada1.6
183China1.6
184Estonia1.6
185Lithuania1.59
186Saint Helena1.58
187Saint Pierre and Miquelon1.57
188Moldova1.56
189Guernsey1.56
190Malta1.55
191Switzerland1.55
192Ukraine1.54
193Portugal1.53
194Monaco1.53
195Latvia1.51
196Albania1.51
197Thailand1.51
198San Marino1.5
199Spain1.49
200Belarus1.48
201Austria1.47
202Bulgaria1.46
203Germany1.44
204Hungary1.44
205Italy1.43
206Serbia1.43
207Greece1.42
208Japan1.41
209Slovakia1.4
210Croatia1.39
211Andorra1.39
212Slovenia1.35
213Romania1.34
214Poland1.34
215Montserrat1.31
216Bosnia and Herzegovina1.28
217British Virgin Islands1.28
218Korea, South1.25
219Hong Kong1.19
220Taiwan1.12
221Macau0.94
222Singapore0.82

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, 2017

See also: Total fertility rate map

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