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Release: Births by Area of Usual Residence of Mother, England and Wales, 2011

Released: 31 October 2012 Next edition: 18 September 2013


Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Population, Births and Fertility, Live Births and Stillbirths, Births by Mother's Area of Residence

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

  • In 2011 the total fertility rate (TFR) in the UK was 1.91 children per woman. Northern Ireland had the highest TFR with 2.06 children per woman, the TFRs in England and Wales were 1.93 and 1.90 respectively, while Scotland had the lowest with 1.73 children per woman.

  • West Midlands had the highest TFR among the regions of England in 2011 with 2.02 children per woman while London had the lowest TFR with 1.84 children per woman.

  • Among the local authorities in England in 2011, Barking and Dagenham had the highest TFR with 2.45 children per woman while Cambridge had the lowest with 1.37 children per woman.

  • Among the local authorities in Wales in 2011, Denbighshire had the highest TFR with 2.23 children per woman while Ceredigion had the lowest with 1.61 children per woman.

  • Among the regions in England for 2011, London had the lowest birth rate for women aged under 18 (6.3 births per 1,000 women) and the highest birth rate for women aged over 45 (2.0 births per 1,000 women). The North East had the highest birth rate for women aged under 18 (14.5 births per 1,000 women) and the lowest birth rate for women aged over 45 (0.5 births per 1,000 women).

  • In England and Wales, the highest birth rate was for women aged 30-34 (111.9 births per 1,000 women) and the lowest was for women aged over 45 (0.9 births per 1,000 women).

In this release

Presents data on birth registrations in England and Wales by area of usual residence of mother. The tables contain summary data for live births for local authorities and health areas including figures by age of mother.

Before 2008, tables for England and Wales were published as part of annual publication Birth statistics, England and Wales (Series FM1). The data years available include 1998 - 2007. There is a lookup table (44.1 Kb Pdf) to show how the current birth tables relate to former Series FM1 tables.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births metadata (412.8 Kb Pdf)  and Quality and Methodology Information for Births Statistics (258.6 Kb Pdf) .

There is an interactive mapping tool which enables trends in fertility to be analysed at the local level.

The Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables provide quarterly and annual births data for the United Kingdom and its constituent countries.

For data for other UK countries please see the latest birth statistics for Northern Ireland and the latest birth statistics for Scotland.

We welcome feedback on the content, format and relevance of this release.

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