Births and deaths

Content last reviewed: May 2017

Births

The number of births in Central Bedfordshire has been fairly similar for each of the last five years, with an average annual figure of 3,270.

Number of births in Central Bedfordshire, 2011-2015

Number of births in Central Bedfordshire, 2011-2015. Source: Office for National Statistics, Vital Statistics

  Number of births Crude birth rate 1 General fertility rate 2 Total fertility rate 3

 

Number of births and birth rates, 2011-2015

2011 3,300 12.9 67.8 2.11
2012 3,300 12.7 66.9 2.04
2013 3,204 12.1 64.5 1.95
2014 3,250 12.1 64.5 1.92
2015 3,300 12.1 64.8 1.91
  1. The Crude birth rate shows the number of live births per 1,000 population (all persons and all ages).
  2. The General Fertility Rate (GFR) is the number of live births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44.
  3. The total fertility rate is the average number of live children that a group of women would bear if they experienced the age-specific fertility rates of the calendar year.

Source: Office for National Statistics, Vital Statistics

The total fertility rate showed that in 2011 women had an average of 2.11 children throughout their childbearing years. This declined to 1.91 by 2015, compared to the England average of 1.82 children. A total fertility rate of 2 is generally seen as an indicator of a stable population, with rates below this showing declining and ageing populations, and rates above this showing populations getting bigger and younger.

Age Number Rate per 1,000*
Births and birth rate by age group, Central Bedfordshire 2015
Under 18 25 5.5
Under 20 90 12.8
20 - 24 370 55.8
25 - 29 940 119.6
30 - 34 1,145 123.6
35 - 39 615 65.9
40 - 44 130 13.0
45+ 10 0.9
All ages 3,300 64.8

* This shows the number of live births per 1,000 women in each age group.
Source: Office for National Statistics, Live births by Area of Usual Residence, 2015


Last updated Friday, 5th May 2017