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Fertility rate hits high

7th June 2007

Official new figures have revealed that the fertility rate in the UK has hit its highest level since 1980.

The Office for National Statistics information shows that women are having on average 1.87 children, up from 1.8 in 2005. That is a gradual rise since the all-time low of 1.63 in 2001. The statistics also reveal that more women in their late 30s and early 40s are having babies.
Professor Danny Dorling from Sheffield University said that a key factor in this change is that more women are attending university and have ended up delaying when they have their children.

 

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