Family size shrinks to record low of 1.89 children

Tuesday 27th November 2018 13:13 EST

The number of children women are having is continuing to decline, to a record low of 1.89, according to the Office for National Statistics. Its study compared two groups of women: those born in 1972, who are now in their 40s, with those born in 1945, who had an average of 2.19 children. The numbers of families in England and Wales with just one child grew from 14% to 18%. Childlessness also increased in women, from 10% to 18%. Another factor is the continuing decline in teenage pregnancy. In the 1945 group, 17% of women had at least one child by the age of 20. By 1972, this had come down to 13%. Fertility rates are also rising for women aged between 40 and 45, although the numbers overall remain small.

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