Indicator Profile of Total Fertility Rate

Why Is This Important?

Fertility is the ability to become pregnant and have a baby. Infertility occurs when a couple cannot become pregnant after trying to conceive for one year.

The total fertility rate can be interpreted as a measure of how many children would be born to 1,000 women over their childbearing years, based on birth rates occurring in the present time. As such, it indicates the current capacity for human reproduction in the population.

Infertility in women and men may be related to a variety of health, behavioral, and/or environmental factors.

Total Fertility Rate by Year, New Jersey and the U.S., 1990-2010

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Data Sources

Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health;  National Center for Health Statistics;  National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Vintage 2009 bridged-rate postcensal population estimates. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm as of July 23, 2010.; 

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The total fertility rate estimates the number of children a cohort of 1,000 women would bear if they went through their childbearing years experiencing the same age-specific birth rates occurring in a specified time period. It is calculated by summing the age-specific birth rates of women in five year age groups between 15 and 44 years, and then multiplying the sum by five.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Sum of age-specific birth rates to resident mothers per 1,000 women
Denominator: Not applicable

Page Content Updated On 04/15/14, Published on 04/15/14
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