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## Fertility

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Figure 4.1 below presents the number of women in the main child-bearing age group, 15 to 44 years, while Figure 4.2 presents the average number of children born to women in the same group, for 2011 and 2016.

The average number of children born to all women aged 15 years or over has decreased marginally over the five years, from 1.83 children per woman in 2011 to 1.82 in 2016. The rate has decreased slightly for nearly all the ages.

By contrast the total number of women aged 15 to 44 has decreased by 3.2 per cent from 971,087 to 939,866 over the same period. In the peak childbearing years of 30 to 34 the decrease was sharper, declining by 6.4 per cent from 192,626 to 180,221.

 15 2016 2011 25659 23713 26050 24187 26902 24485 26714 25322 25795 26196 24679 26785 24210 26409 24661 26954 24513 28334 25456 29994 26202 31879 26551 33402 27031 35888 29244 38424 31094 39357 32906 40209 33988 39881 35997 38904 38276 37332 39054 36300 39743 35908 39672 35902 38490 35390 36695 35403 35792 34488 35235 33869 35267 33088 34902 31153 34869 31164 34219 30767
 15 2016 2011 0 0 0 0 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.03 0.06 0.06 0.1 0.1 0.15 0.15 0.2 0.2 0.27 0.27 0.33 0.33 0.39 0.42 0.46 0.5 0.53 0.59 0.61 0.71 0.7 0.81 0.81 0.93 0.95 1.06 1.08 1.19 1.21 1.32 1.35 1.45 1.5 1.6 1.62 1.7 1.73 1.8 1.83 1.88 1.91 1.95 1.98 1.99 2.04 2.01 2.07 2.04 2.11 2.04 2.13

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# Completed fertility

Examining the changes in numbers of children born to women aged 45 to 64 (who are likely to have completed their child bearing years) illustrates the changes in fertility patterns between 2011 and 2016 (see Figure 4.3).

On average women aged 45 to 64 in 2011 had given birth to 2.55 children. By 2016 the figure had fallen to 2.33.

 0 2016 2011 17.45 16.39 10.58 8.99 27.96 25.28 23.68 23.7 12.23 14.2 4.68 6.21 1.89 2.8 0.79 1.22 0.36 0.58 0.38 0.62

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• 2.55 – The average number of children born to women who had completed their child bearing, 2011
• 2.33 – The average number of children born to women who had completed their child bearing, 2016

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