Fertility: Facts & Figures

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Fertility can be measured using the total fertility rate (TFR). The TFR estimates the average number of births per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years (15 to 44 years of age), based on the observed age-specific birth rates in the given year. The TFR adjusts for age-specific differences in fertility and shows the potential impact of current fertility patterns on reproduction allowing for more valid comparisons of rates across time and space.

Annual total fertility rate (TFR) per 1,000 women, Minnesota, 2000-2008 with U.S. TFR per 1,000 women, 2000-2007
*Fertility is per 1,000 women.

The Minnesota TFR has increased from 1.98% in 2000 to 2.11% in 2008. Since 1990, Minnesota typically had a very slightly lower fertility rate than the U.S. population. However, in recent years the Minnesota TFR has been the same as the U.S. TFR.