birth rate

variants: or birthrate \ ˈbərth-​ˌrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

Definition of birth rate

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

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South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, is grappling with a chronically low birth rate as many women are reluctant to have babies. NBC News, "Female economics professor scolded by South Korean lawmaker for not having babies," 5 Sep. 2019 Korea isn't alone in facing this problem -- Japan, too, has struggled for years with an aging population, shrinking workforce, and low birth rates. Jake Kwon And Jessie Yeung, CNN, "South Korea's fertility rate falls to record low," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2017, a total of 194,377 babies were born to women between 15 and19 years, for a birth rate of 18.8 per 1,000 women in this age group. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "15 Facts About Teen Pregnancy You Need to Know," 21 Aug. 2019 The United States’ birth rate fell for a fourth consecutive year in 2018, marking the lowest number of live births in 32 years. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "Our Childless, Childish Culture," 8 Aug. 2019 Germany had a high birth rate and a falling mortality rate. The Economist, "Why Germany’s birth rate is rising and Italy’s isn’t," 29 June 2019 All around the world, birth rates are rapidly declining. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "We’ve worried about overpopulation for centuries. And we’ve always been wrong.," 20 Aug. 2019 Allen also made controversial remarks about white versus Hispanic birth rates, feminism, and the Equal Rights Amendment. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Arizona Gov. Ducey defends state Sen. Sylvia Allen, says she 'is not David Stringer'," 30 July 2019 The data also showed that the teen birth rate, for ages 15 to 19, fell 7% from 2017 to 2018. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "US fertility rate falls to 'all-time low,' CDC says," 24 July 2019

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1856, in the meaning defined above

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birth·​rate | \ ˈbər-ˌthrāt How to pronounce birthrate (audio) \

Medical Definition of 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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