birth rate

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

Definition of birth rate

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

Examples of birth rate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, fewer adults are opting to have children, depressing the birth rate. CBS News, 3 Sep. 2021 Nobody has ever succeeded in reconstituting the old birth rate. Frank Lavin, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Baby boomers were named for an uptick in the post-WWII birth rate. CNN, 19 Aug. 2021 Our birth rate is down (currently 1.7), and the future growth of the elderly population is going to outstrip the growth of workers. Scott Burns, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2021 Wisconsin's birth rate has fallen steadily in the past three decades and the population is growing older, according to the Wisconsin Policy Forum. Hope Karnopp, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 As baby boomers continue to retire and the birth rate slows, the U.S. will need more immigrant workers. Dallas News, 21 July 2021 The magnitude of the increase is admittedly partly due to this number rebounding from a very low point: About 20 years ago, the Czech birth rate bottomed out, after having plunged in the 1990s following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 6 July 2021 As bureaucrats in Beijing fret about curbing the country's falling birth rate -- recently allowing up to three children per married couple -- and funding ever more pensions, seniors like Wang worry about simply getting up and down the stairs. Kevin Schoenmakers, CNN, 26 June 2021

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First Known Use of birth rate

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Birth rate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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birth rate

variants: or birthrate \ ˈbər-​ˌthrāt How to pronounce birth rate (audio) \

Medical Definition of birth rate

: 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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