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, 2020See also: Total fertility rate map
CIA estimates Taiwan's fertility rate to be world's lowest
The Japan Times - 4/21/2021 2:11:00 AM
Among 227 countries and regions surveyed, Taiwan ranks last at 1.07 children per woman, far below the 2.1 replacement rate needed to maintain the population.
UN News Centre - 5/9/2019 6:45:00 PM
In World Fertility Data 2008 ... data (see also age specific fertility rates). For civil registration systems, total fertility is obtained from country data reported by national statistical ...
'Demographic earthquake'? U.S. fertility rates fall again to record-low levels
Catholic News Agency - 5/5/2021 8:11:00 PM
The U.S. fertility rate fell by 4% last year to its lowest recorded level, new federal data published on Wednesday revealed.
Warning Of Humanitarian Crisis Over Fertility Rates In Advance Of 2021 ASPIRE Congress
Scoop - 4/28/2021 5:49:00 AM
Professor Tzeng said data from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the World ... countries in our region, including India and Indonesia, have fertility rates ...
‘Demographic Earthquake’? U.S. Fertility Rates Fall Again to Record-Low Levels
National Catholic Register - 5/6/2021 4:29:00 AM
WASHINGTON — The U.S. total fertility rate fell to its ... could play a role in increasing the birth rate, Wilcox noted that Northern European countries with generous family policies are still ...