News ID: 121648
Published: 1040 GMT July 05, 2015

Fertility rate reached all-time low

Fertility rate reached all-time low

Iran’s total fertility rate has been declining in the past three decades. It fell from 2.9 children per woman between 1992 and 1996 to 1.7 children during 2007-2011, reaching an all-time low in large cities.

Fertility rate in rural areas also plunged from 4.4 births per woman to 2.2 children during the same period.

A woman’s socioeconomic status is linked to the number of children she might have in her lifetime that’s why more educated women have fewer children.

Fertility rate dropped from 2.5 children per working women between 1992 and 1996 to 1.1 children during 2007-2011.

The figure slipped from 3.3 to 1.9 children per stayed-at-home mums in the same period.

There is an inverse association between a family’s income and the number of children it might have.  Families from upper social classes on higher incomes have a fertility rate of 1.2 children. The Figure increases to 2.6 children per woman in families on lower incomes.

The number of children born to every woman is influenced by her level of education.  The fertility rate is 1.2 and 2.6 children per well-educated and illiterate woman, respectively.  

Iran’s fertility rate has dropped below ‘replacement-level’ and more couples have decided to remain childless or delay childbearing until late 30s — all of which are contributing to low population growth.

Women are having their children later in life comparing to their counterparts three decades ago, which reduces their chance of having more children.

Experts have warned about the negative consequences of low birthrate in Iran, calling for removal of obstacles to help reverse a decline in population growth.

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