Country Comparison > Total fertility rate > TOP 100

RankCountryTotal fertility rate (children born/woman)
1Niger7
2Angola5.96
3Congo, Democratic Republic of the5.77
4Mali5.72
5Chad5.68
6Uganda5.54
7South Sudan5.54
8Benin5.53
9Somalia5.51
10Zambia5.49
11Malawi5.31
12Burundi5.28
13Mozambique4.97
14Guinea4.92
15Liberia4.9
16Afghanistan4.82
17Guinea-Bissau4.75
18Sudan4.72
19Nigeria4.72
20Cameroon4.66
21Sierra Leone4.62
22Tanzania4.59
23Burkina Faso4.51
24Congo, Republic of the4.45
25East Timor4.44
26Togo4.22
27Central African Republic4.14
28Ethiopia4.14
29Equatorial Guinea4.11
30Senegal4.04
31Zimbabwe3.93
32Ghana3.9
33Sao Tome and Principe3.82
34Madagascar3.78
35Eritrea3.73
36Cote d'Ivoire3.67
37Mauritania3.65
38Western Sahara3.65
39Gaza Strip3.64
40Pakistan3.6
41Rwanda3.52
42Kenya3.43
43Gabon3.41
44Iraq3.39
45Egypt3.29
46Gambia, The3.21
47Yemen3.2
48Libya3.17
49Namibia3.07
50West Bank3.07
51Jordan3.04
52Solomon Islands2.97
53Comoros2.95
54Philippines2.92
55Syria2.9
56Tuvalu2.88
57Tonga2.87
58Marshall Islands2.86
59Guam2.84
60Papua New Guinea2.84
61Vanuatu2.79
62Oman2.76
63Guatemala2.72
64Belize2.7
65Northern Mariana Islands2.7
66Nauru2.68
67Israel2.59
68Algeria2.59
69Kyrgyzstan2.54
70Laos2.53
71Haiti2.52
72Swaziland2.52
73Tajikistan2.51
74Lesotho2.5
75Samoa2.5
76Bolivia2.48
77Botswana2.45
78Malaysia2.43
79Cambodia2.39
80American Samoa2.35
81India2.35
82Faroe Islands2.31
83Fiji2.31
84Morocco2.31
85Micronesia, Federated States of2.29
86Venezuela2.26
87Kuwait2.26
88Kiribati2.25
89Dominican Republic2.24
90Panama2.23
91South Africa2.22
92Argentina2.21
93Djibouti2.19
94Mexico2.19
95Cape Verde2.16
96Kazakhstan2.16
97Cook Islands2.12
98Bangladesh2.11
99Honduras2.09
100Ecuador2.09

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, 2020

See also: Total fertility rate map

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