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QuickStats: Total Fertility Rates, by State --- United States, 2003


On the basis of 2003 birth rates, U.S. women have an average of 2.0 births during their lives. The total fertility rate (i.e., the estimated average number of births per woman in a lifetime, based on the age-specific birth rates observed in a given year) varies by state, ranging from 1.7 in Vermont to 2.6 in Utah. In 2003, the District of Columbia had the lowest rate at 1.6. Rates were lower in the northeastern states and higher in the southwestern states.

SOURCE: Martin JA, Hamilton BE, Sutton PD, et al. Births: final data for 2003. Natl Vital Stat Rep 2005;54(2). Available at

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Date last reviewed: 12/15/2005


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