Québec, May 5, 2015 – Slightly fewer babies were born in Québec in 2014. There were an estimated 87,700 births, compared to over 88,000 in the previous five years. As for the total fertility rate, it stood at 1.62 children per woman in 2014. After peaking at 1.73 in 2008 and 2009, it slowly decreased over the following years. However, this decline in fertility was compensated in part by growth in the number of women in their prime childbearing years, leading to a modest decrease in the number of births. These results are taken from issue 38 of the bulletin Coup d’œil sociodémographique published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec.
The tendency for women to have children at increasingly older ages continues. Women aged 30 to 34 now have a higher fertility rate than those aged 25 to 29. Moreover, fertility rates are on the rise among women aged 35 and over. In 2014, the average age at maternity was 30.4 years; it was 28.9 years at the birth of a first child.
Among administrative regions, Montréal still had the lowest total fertility rate and highest average age at maternity. In 2014, the fertility rate in Montréal was 1.49 children per woman, and average age at maternity was 32.2 years. The Capitale-Nationale, Outaouais and Mauricie regions also had total fertility rates under 1.6 children per woman. In contrast, this rate stood at 2.39 in the Nord du Québec. Côte-Nord and Abitibi-Témiscamingue followed with total fertility rates slightly over 1.9 children per woman.
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