Total Fertility Rate may be defined as average number of children that would be born to a woman if she experiences the current fertility pattern throughout her reproductive span (15-49 years). The total fertility rate is a more direct measure of the level of fertility than the birth rate, since it refers to births per woman. This indicator shows the potential for population change in a country.
Total fertility rate declined in India by 22.73% from 2.7 in 2005-06 (NFHS-3) to 2.2 in 2015-16 (NFHS-4). Total fertility rate in rural areas was 2.4 in 2015-16 (NFHS-4). and in urban areas, Total fertility rate was 1.8 in 2015-16 (NFHS-4).
Bihar has highest Total fertility rate (3.4) during 2015-16 (NFHS-4) where Sikkim has lowest Total fertility rate (1.2) during 2015-16 (NFHS-4) in comparison to other states.
Ten States/UTs viz. Bihar, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh, Nagaland, Jharkhand, Manipur, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Dadra and Nagar Haveli were above the National value 2.2 during 2015-16 (NFHS-4).
Note: NA: Not Available; NFHS: National Family Health Survey; NFHS-4 conducted during 2015-16 and NFHS-3 conducted during 2005-06.
Resource Title: All India level and State-wise Key Indicators of NFHS-3 and NFHS-4