birth rate


variants or birthrate
: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Control had preliminary data that shows that the birth rate in 2021, both nationally and in Ohio, was 1%. Staff Reports, cleveland, 15 Nov. 2022 In 2020, Massachusetts had the lowest teen birth rate in the country. Stephanie Ebbert,, 30 Aug. 2022 Overall, the teen birth rate in the country and in Alabama has fallen in recent decades, but Alabama’s remains relatively high. al, 11 July 2022 Likewise, Kazakhstan’s demand for breast pumps from the EU soared 633% in the first half of 2022 even though the national birth rate fell 8.4% during the same period. Time, 29 Oct. 2022 The birth rate bump was most noticeable among first births and women under 25, which suggests that the pandemic led many people to start families sooner, wrote Bailey, Currie and Schwandt. Alicia Wallace, CNN, 19 Oct. 2022 The preterm birth rate was 10% in Ohio in 2020, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Julie Washington, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2022 Meloni’s rallying cry has largely centered on patriotism and pushback against Italy’s reliance on foreign workers as its birth rate collapses. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2022 Back in 2020, Australia’s birth rate hit an all time low — a continual trend from the last 30 years. Maggie Zhou,, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of birth rate was in 1856

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“Birth rate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



birth·​rate -ˌrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio)
: the number of births for every hundred or every thousand persons in a given area or group during a given time

Medical Definition

birth rate


variants or birthrate
: the ratio between births and individuals in a specified population and time often expressed as number of live births per hundred or per thousand population per year

called also natality

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