Be fruitful and multiply

“Be fruitful and multiply”  (Genesis 1:28).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_fertility_rate

The total fertility rate (TFR), sometimes also called the fertility rate, period total fertility rate (PTFR) or total period fertility rate (TPFR) of a population is the average number of children that would be born to a woman over her lifetime if

  1. she were to experience the exact current      age-specific fertility rates (ASFRs) through her lifetime, and
  2. she were to survive from birth through the      end of her reproductive life.

It is obtained by summing the single-year age-specific rates at a given time.

United States

The total fertility rate in the United States after World War II peaked at about 3.8 children per woman in the late 1950s and by 1999 was at 2 children. This means that an imaginary woman (defined in the introduction) who fast-forwarded through her life in the late 1950s would have been expected to have about four children, whereas an imaginary woman who fast-forwarded through her life in 1999 would have been expected to have only about two children in her lifetime. The fertility rate of the total U.S. population is at around the replacement level of about 2.1 children per woman. However, the fertility of the population of the United States is below replacement among those native born, and above replacement among immigrant families, most of whom come to the U.S. from countries with higher fertility than that of the U.S.[citation needed] However, the fertility rates of immigrants to the U.S. have been found to decrease sharply in the second generation, correlating with improved education and income.

Period

Latest U.S. Total
  Fertility
  Rate

2010

1.931

2011

1.894

World Extremes

According to a thesis submitted in 2005 to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University, the lowest TFR recorded anywhere in the world in recorded history is for Xiangyang district of Jiamusi city (Heilongjiang, China) which had a TFR of 0.41.[9] Outside China, the lowest TFR ever recorded was 0.80 for Eastern Germany in 1994.

Europe

The average total fertility rate in the European Union (EU-27) has been calculated at 1.59 children per woman in 2009.

In the non-EU European post-Soviet states group, Russia has a TFR of 1.61 children per woman, Belarus 1.47.

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James Littleton is happily married to Kathleen for thirty-three years, father of nineteen, fourteen living on earth ages thirty to ten, and five living in heaven. James is a hope-filled, inspirational national speaker, author, evangelist, retreat master, co-founder and co-director of Forming Faithful Families™ and One More Baby for Jesus™, host of Forming Faithful Families Radio and Television. Learn more at www.formingfaithfulfamilies.com or email formingfaithfulfamilies@gmail.com
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