Health Indicator Report of General Fertility Rate
The general fertility rate is a more precise measure than the crude birth rate for tracking birth rate patterns. While the crude birth rate and the general fertility rate both look at the total number of live births among the population, the crude birth rate is calculated using the total population including the young, old, male, and female. The general fertility rate is calculated using only females of reproductive age, defined as ages 15 through 44 years. This results in a more sensitive indicator with which to study population growth and change.
NotesData for White, Black, and Asian/Pacific Islander do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.
- Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
- National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Vintage 2015 bridged-race postcensal population estimates. [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm] as of June 28, 2016.
- National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Revised 2000-2009 bridged-race intercensal population estimates. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/bridged_race.htm as of October 26, 2012.
Data Interpretation IssuesThe age range may be slightly different in some publications, so it is important to note what age range is being used especially if comparison with other rates is contemplated.
DefinitionNumber of live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years
NumeratorNumber of live births
DenominatorTotal number of women aged 15-44 years in the population
How Are We Doing?The general fertility rate among New Jersey women is 60 births per 1,000 women of childbearing age. The rate varies widely across the state's counties from a low of 42 to a high of 90. Rates also vary by race/ethnicity. The rate among Hispanics (70) is significantly higher than the rates among other racial/ethnic groups.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The general fertility rate among New Jersey women is slightly below that of the nation as a whole.
Page Content Updated On 03/24/2017, Published on 09/28/2017