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Metadata Glossary

Indicator NameFertility rate, total (births per woman)
Long definitionTotal fertility rate represents the number of children that would be born to a woman if she were to live to the end of her childbearing years and bear children in accordance with age-specific fertility rates of the specified year.
Source(1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects: 2017 Revision. (2) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (3) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (4) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Reprot (various years), (5) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database, and (6) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme.
TopicHealth: Reproductive health
Aggregation methodWeighted average
Limitations and exceptionsAnnual data series from United Nations Population Division's World Population Prospects are interpolated data from 5-year period data. Therefore they may not reflect real events as much as observed data.
General commentsRelevance to gender indicator: it can indicate the status of women within households and a woman’s decision about the number and spacing of children.
License TypeCC BY-4.0