The 2016 World Fertility Index is Now Available

The World Fertility Index, 122.04% as recently as 2000, hit a modern low of 106.78%. Half the index is now below the level required for population replacement. Europe, East Asia, Latin America and the US all are below 100%.

The Indian Subcontinent, South East Asia and the Middle East have slightly greater than replacement fertility. Since the millennium began, fertility has dropped 10% in the Middle East and almost 30% in the Indian Subcontinent. Both are projected to be less than 100% before 2035.

“The continued global fertility collapse seems assured, outside Sub-Saharan Africa, the world fertility is already under 100%. The economic and cultural impacts will be unprecedented.”

Dennis Marx,
Author, Predictions for the 21st Century

“The continued global fertility collapse seems assured,” said Dennis Marx, Author of Predictions for the 21st Century. “Outside Sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s already under 100%. The economic and cultural impacts will be unprecedented.”

Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for 16% of births worldwide with only 6% of the population, but even in Africa fertility is falling rapidly, down 3.4% from 2105. African women average one less child over a lifespan now than just 16 years ago.

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