Story: Population change

Fertility rate compared to other OECD countries, 2014

Though New Zealand's fertility rates were low in the early 21st century compared to previous decades and centuries, they were higher than those of most other developed countries. In 2014 New Zealand's fertility rate was 1.9 births per woman, compared to an OECD average of 1.7. New Zealand's rate was then just below replacement level (2.1 births per woman), although it has since fallen to 1.8 in 2017.

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How to cite this page:

Ian Pool and Natalie Jackson, 'Population change - Key population trends', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 June 2024)

Story by Ian Pool and Natalie Jackson, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 23 Aug 2018 with assistance from Natalie Jackson