South and Central Asia Compared by People > Total fertility rate

DEFINITION: The average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their child-bearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age. The total fertility rate 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 growth in the country. High rates will also place some limits on the labor force participation rates for women. Large numbers of children born to women indicate large family sizes that might limit the ability of the families to feed and educate their children.


1 Afghanistan 5.54 children born/woman 2013
2 Pakistan 2.96 children born/woman 2013
3 Tajikistan 2.8 children born/woman 2013
4 Kyrgyzstan 2.71 children born/woman 2013
5 India 2.55 children born/woman 2013
6 Bangladesh 2.5 children born/woman 2013
7 Kazakhstan 2.38 children born/woman 2013
8 Nepal 2.36 children born/woman 2013
9 Sri Lanka 2.15 children born/woman 2013
10 Turkmenistan 2.12 children born/woman 2013
11 Bhutan 2.07 children born/woman 2013
12 Uzbekistan 1.83 children born/woman 2013
13 Maldives 1.78 children born/woman 2013


South and Central Asia Compared by People > Total fertility rate


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