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Release: Births by Area of Usual Residence of Mother, UK, 2012

Released: 18 September 2013 Next edition: 24 September 2014


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (01329) 444110

Categories: Population, Births and Fertility, Live Births and Stillbirths, Births by Mother's Area of Residence

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

  • In 2012 the total fertility rate (TFR) in the UK was 1.92 children per woman. Northern Ireland had the highest TFR with 2.03 children per woman, the TFR's in England and Wales were 1.94 and 1.88 respectively, while Scotland had the lowest with 1.67 children per woman.

  • West Midlands had the highest TFR among the regions of England in 2012 with 2.04 children per woman while the North East had the lowest TFR with 1.83 children per woman.

  • Among the local authorities in England in 2012, Barking and Dagenham had the highest TFR with 2.58 children per woman while Camden had the lowest with 1.35 children per woman.

  • Among the local authorities in Wales in 2012, Isle of Anglesey had the highest TFR with 2.29 children per woman while Cardiff had the lowest with 1.71 children per woman.

  • Among the Regions in England for 2012, London had the lowest birth rate for women aged under 18 (6.8 births per 1,000 women) and the highest birth rate for women aged over 45 (2.3 births per 1,000 women). The North East had the highest birth rate for women aged under 18 (14.2 births per 1,000 women) and the lowest birth rate for women aged over 45 (0.4 births per 1,000 women).

  • In England and Wales, the highest birth rate across all ages is in the age group 30-34 (113.9 births per 1,000 women) and the lowest is in the 45 and over age group (0.9 births per 1,000 women).

Presents data on birth registrations in England and Wales by area of usual residence of mother. The tables contain summary data for live births for local authorities and health areas including figures by age of mother.

Before 2008, tables for England and Wales were published as part of annual publication Birth statistics, England and Wales (Series FM1). The data years available include 1998 - 2007. There is a lookup table (44.1 Kb Pdf) to show how the current birth tables relate to former Series FM1 tables.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births metadata (332.6 Kb Pdf)  and Quality and Methodology Information for Births Statistics (257.9 Kb Pdf) .

There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in fertility to be analysed at the local level. Fertility rates for 2002-2010 in this tool need to be recalculated using revised population estimates which take account of the 2011 Census. The tool will be updated in winter 2013/14, rates for the latest data years will also be added.

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual births data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries.

For data for other UK countries please see the latest birth statistics for Northern Ireland and the latest birth statistics for Scotland.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

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