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Release: Cohort Fertility, England and Wales, 2012

Released: 05 December 2013


Oliver Dormon

Demographic Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444644

Categories: Population, Births and Fertility, Conception and Fertility Rates, Conceptions, Fertility, Age-specific Fertility Rates, Average Family Size, Live Births and Stillbirths

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country

  • The average completed family size for women born in 1967 and reaching age 45 in 2012, was 1.91 children per woman. This compares with their mothers’ generation, represented by women born in 1940, who had on average 2.36 children.

  • Two children was the most common family size for women born in both 1940 and 1967.

  • The level of childlessness among women born in 1967 (19%) is higher than for women born in 1940 (11%). One in ten women born in 1967 had four or more children, compared with nearly one in five women born in 1940.

  • Women born in 1982 have had slightly fewer children on average (1.02) by their 30th birthday than women born in 1967 who had 1.16 children by the same age.

Presents data on fertility by year of birth of mother rather than the year of birth of child. This package includes average number of live-born children and the proportion of women remaining childless by year of birth.

This series has been replaced by Childbearing for women born in different years

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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