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.

Country
Total fertility rate(children born/woman)
 
Afghanistan 6.53 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Albania 2.01 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Algeria 1.79 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
American Samoa 3.29 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Andorra 1.33 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Angola 6.12 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Anguilla 1.75 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Antigua and Barbuda 2.07 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Argentina 2.35 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Armenia 1.36 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Aruba 1.85 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Australia 1.78 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Austria 1.39 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Azerbaijan 2.04 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bahamas, The 2.1 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bahrain 2.5 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bangladesh 2.74 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Barbados 1.68 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Belarus 1.24 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Belgium 1.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Belize 3.36 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Benin 5.49 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bermuda 1.99 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bhutan 2.38 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bolivia 3.17 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.25 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Botswana 2.6 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Brazil 2.21 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
British Virgin Islands 1.71 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Brunei 1.91 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Bulgaria 1.41 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Burkina Faso 6.28 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Burma 1.89 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Burundi 6.33 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cambodia 3.04 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cameroon 4.33 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Canada 1.58 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cape Verde 3.07 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cayman Islands 1.88 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Central African Republic 4.14 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Chad 5.31 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Chile 1.92 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
China 1.79 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Christmas Island NA (2008 est.)
 
Cocos (Keeling) Islands NA (2008 est.)
 
Colombia 2.46 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Comoros 4.84 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Congo, Democratic Republic of the 6.2 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Congo, Republic of the 5.84 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cook Islands 2.49 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Costa Rica 2.14 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cote d'Ivoire 4.12 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Croatia 1.42 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cuba 1.61 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Cyprus 1.77 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Czech Republic 1.24 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Denmark 1.74 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Djibouti 5.06 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Dominica 2.09 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Dominican Republic 2.76 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Ecuador 2.51 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Egypt 2.66 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
El Salvador 3 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Equatorial Guinea 5.08 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Eritrea 4.72 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Estonia 1.42 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Ethiopia 6.12 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
European Union 1.51 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas) NA (2008 est.)
 
Faroe Islands 2.44 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Fiji 2.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Finland 1.73 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
France 1.98 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
French Polynesia 1.92 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Gabon 4.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Gambia, The 5.04 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Gaza Strip 5.03 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Georgia 1.44 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Germany 1.41 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Ghana 3.68 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Gibraltar 1.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Greece 1.37 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Greenland 2.19 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Grenada 2.23 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Guam 2.54 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Guatemala 3.47 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Guernsey 1.41 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Guinea 5.2 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Guinea-Bissau 4.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Guyana 2.03 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Haiti 3.81 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Honduras 3.27 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Hong Kong 1.02 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Hungary 1.35 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Iceland 1.9 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
India 2.72 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Indonesia 2.31 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Iran 1.71 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Iraq 3.86 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Ireland 1.85 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Isle of Man 1.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Israel 2.75 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Italy 1.31 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Jamaica 2.25 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Japan 1.21 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Jersey 1.57 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Jordan 2.39 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Kazakhstan 1.88 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Kenya 4.56 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Kiribati 4.04 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Korea, North 1.96 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Korea, South 1.21 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Kuwait 2.76 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Kyrgyzstan 2.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Laos 4.41 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Latvia 1.3 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Lebanon 1.85 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Lesotho 3.06 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Liberia 5.79 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Libya 3.08 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Liechtenstein 1.52 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Lithuania 1.23 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Luxembourg 1.78 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Macau 0.91 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Macedonia 1.58 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Madagascar 5.14 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Malawi 5.59 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Malaysia 2.95 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Maldives 1.9 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Mali 7.29 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Malta 1.51 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Marshall Islands 3.59 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Mauritania 4.45 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Mauritius 1.81 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Mayotte 5.5 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Mexico 2.34 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Micronesia, Federated States of 2.89 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Moldova 1.27 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Monaco 1.75 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Mongolia 2.23 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Montserrat 1.23 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Morocco 2.51 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Mozambique 5.18 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Namibia 2.69 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Nauru 2.85 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Nepal 2.64 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Netherlands 1.66 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Netherlands Antilles 1.97 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
New Caledonia 2.18 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
New Zealand 2.1 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Nicaragua 2.57 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Niger 7.75 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Nigeria 4.91 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Niue NA (2008 est.)
 
Norfolk Island NA
 
Northern Mariana Islands 1.15 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Norway 1.78 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Oman 5.53 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Pakistan 3.6 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Palau 1.82 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Panama 2.53 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Papua New Guinea 3.62 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Paraguay 3.75 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Peru 2.37 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Philippines 3.27 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Pitcairn Islands NA (2008 est.)
 
Poland 1.28 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Portugal 1.49 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Puerto Rico 1.71 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Qatar 2.45 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Romania 1.39 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Russia 1.41 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Rwanda 5.25 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Saint Helena 1.56 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Saint Kitts and Nevis 2.26 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Saint Lucia 1.84 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 1.97 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1.98 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Samoa 4.16 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
San Marino 1.36 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Sao Tome and Principe 5.33 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Saudi Arabia 3.83 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Senegal 4.95 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Serbia 1.38 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Seychelles 1.93 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Sierra Leone 5.88 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Singapore 1.09 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Slovakia 1.35 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Slovenia 1.28 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Solomon Islands 3.52 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Somalia 6.52 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
South Africa 2.38 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Spain 1.31 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Sri Lanka 1.99 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Sudan 4.48 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Suriname 1.99 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Svalbard NA (2008 est.)
 
Swaziland 3.24 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Sweden 1.67 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Switzerland 1.45 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Syria 3.12 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Taiwan 1.14 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Tajikistan 2.99 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Tanzania 4.46 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Thailand 1.65 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Timor-Leste 3.28 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Togo 4.79 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Tokelau NA (2008 est.)
 
Tonga 2.25 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Trinidad and Tobago 1.72 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Tunisia 1.72 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Turkey 2.21 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Turkmenistan 2.22 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Turks and Caicos Islands 2.95 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Tuvalu 2.91 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Uganda 6.77 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Ukraine 1.26 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
United Arab Emirates 2.42 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
United Kingdom 1.66 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
United States 2.05 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Uruguay 1.92 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Uzbekistan 1.95 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Vanuatu 2.5 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Venezuela 2.48 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Vietnam 1.83 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Virgin Islands 1.85 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Wallis and Futuna 1.87 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
West Bank 3.22 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Western Sahara NA 5.61 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
World 2.58 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Yemen 6.32 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Zambia 5.15 children born/woman (2009 est.)
 
Zimbabwe 3.69 children born/woman (2009 est.)

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• Note: Information for the US and US dependencies was complied from material in the public domain and does not represent Solidary Foundation estimates.

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