Births in England and Wales: 2016

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  • There were 696,271 live births in England and Wales in 2016, a decrease of 0.2% from 2015.
  • In 2016, the total fertility rate (TFR) decreased to 1.81 children per woman, from 1.82 in 2015.
  • The average age of mothers in 2016 increased to 30.4 years, compared with 30.3 years in 2015.
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  • Birth Summary Tables - England and Wales

    Numbers of live births and stillbirths, fertility rates, percentage of births outside marriage/civil partnership, sex ratio, mean age of mother, area of usual residence of mother and percentage of births to non-UK born mothers.

  • Births by mothers' usual area of residence in the UK

    Live births in the UK by area of usual residence of mother. The tables contain summary data for local authorities and local health boards (within Wales) including figures by age of mother.

  • Baby Names Statistics Girls

    Ranks and counts for girls' baby names in England and Wales and also by region and month.

  • Baby Names Statistics Boys

    Ranks and counts for boys' baby names in England and Wales and also by region and month.

  • Birth characteristics

    Live births by sex, ethnicity and month. Maternities by place of birth and with multiple births. Stillbirths by age of parents and quarter.

  • Births by parents' characteristics

    Live births in England and Wales by age of mother and father, type of registration, median interval between births, number of previous live-born children and National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC).

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