National Vital Statistics System

Cohort Fertility Tables


These tables present detailed fertility data for cohorts of women as they pass through their childbearing years and include central birth rates, cumulative birth rates, birth distributions, and birth probabilities. The tables present revised cohort fertility tables for all women for 1960–2000, new cohort fertility tables for all women for 2001–2009, and new cohort fertility tables for white and black women for 1960–2009 based on the race of mother. The cohort fertility tables also provide the percentage of childless women. The tables will be periodically updated with new data for following years. In addition, cohort fertility measures for other race and Hispanic origin groups may be added in the future.


Cohort Fertility Tables Documentation


Historic Cohort Fertility Tables


List of Reports Using Cohort Fertility Data


Detailed Cohort Fertility Tables and Files


Updated Detailed Cohort Fertility Tables and Files


Suggested Citation

The suggested citation for the first table in the series is:

Hamilton BE and Cosgrove CM. Central birth rates, by live-birth order, current age, and race of women in each cohort from 1911 through 1991: United States, 1960–2005. Table 1. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. Available from: /nchs/nvss/cohort_fertility_tables.htm. Released: June 30, 2010.

The citation for subsequent tables follows this format.

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Comments and Questions

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Page last reviewed: November 6, 2015