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How Many Babies Are Born Each Day?[2023 Updated]

Written by, Sandeep Kumar

Updated March, 14, 2023

Are you new parents-to-be? Are you researching fertility and birth rates?

Fascinating Facts (Editor’s Pick)

Below are some numbers on how many babies are born each day:

  • There were 3.745.540 births in the US in 2019.
  • In 2018, there were 3.791.712 births in the US.
  • Over 380.000 babies were born daily in 2020 on a global level.
  • In 2018, there were 4.5 births every second worldwide.
  • In 2017, Singapore had the lowest fertility rate, with 0.83 children (per woman).
  • In 2017, Niger had the highest fertility rate, with approximately 7 children a woman.
  • Around 195,000 babies were born to women of the age between 15 and 19, just in 2017.
  • More or less, half of the 6.1 million pregnancies in the USA were unplanned (2011).
  • In 2018, Finland had the highest rate of first-time mothers over thirty-five (23.6 percent).
  • The abortion rate fell by 20 percent, from 16.9 in 2011, and even lower in 2017 to 13.5.
  • In 2018 and 2019, the infant mortality rate in the USA stayed at 5.6 deaths per thousand live births.

Do you want to find out more information about how many babies are born each day worldwide?

This article has provided some invaluable information and statistics about how many babies are born each day and many more.

Here are some of the topics elaborated in this article:

  • How many babies are born each day
  • Fertility rate and birth rate around the world
  • Teen pregnancy rates
  • Unplanned pregnancies
  • Advanced maternal age
  • Abortion statistics
  • C-section rates vs natural birth rates
  • Twin birth statistics
  • Infant mortality rates

Baby Birth Statistics Worldwide


1. How many babies are born in the USA each day?

In 2019, there were 3.745.540 births in the USA.

Sources: (UNICEF USA) (CDC) (Baby Center) (CDC GOV) (NBC news) (CDC Data Briefs) (Statista)

The US fertility rate hasn’t stopped decreasing in the last thirty years or so. In fact, according to the National Vital Statistics report for 2019, when the total of births was 3.745.540, it was recorded a slight decline by 0.8 percent looking back into 2018 (3.791.712).

In addition to this, the latest birth count in 2018 showed a 9 percent downfall than the highest ever recorded of 4.316.233 births in 2007.

Here are some more statistics about the US curated from the National Center for Health (2018):

  • The birth rate was 11.6 by a thousand population.
  • The fertility rate was 59.1 births by a thousand women from 15 to 44 of age.
  • Utah had the highest birth rate (80.9 births) per thousand women between 15 and 44 of age.
  • The lowest birth rate (50.8 births) per thousand women aged between 15-44 in New Hampshire.

The start of a new year, in this case, 2021, brought many reasons for celebration. Among the many reasons was the celebration of a new life coming.

That being said, the US was expected to welcome 10.312 newborns on New Year’s Day, as announced by UNICEF.

About the rest of the World

2. How many babies are born each day worldwide?

Over 380.000 babies were born daily in 2020 on a global level.

Sources: (The World Counts) (Live Science) (Statistics Time)

It is difficult to determine the exact number of births every day since not all births are registered.

According to The World Counts, in 2020, the United Nations estimated approximately 385.000 babies are born each day worldwide. That is roughly said 140 million babies a year.

Let’s check out some more statistics about how many babies are born each day worldwide and how many babies are born each minute and second:

  • As mentioned earlier (385.000 babies), the number is projected to remain fairly stable from 2020 to 2070.
  • From 2070–2100, the number will go down to around 365.000, which translates to about 130 million a year.
  • The crude birth rate is 18.2 births per 1000 population. That is 267 births globally per minute or 4.5 births every second (2018).
  • Today’s world population has around 215.000 people more than it had before.
  • The world population is expected to reach 8B by 2023, 9B by 2037, and a staggering 10B by the far away 2057 year.

Now that we have seen some information about the USA and the rest of the world, let’s shift our focus to Europe a bit, shall we?

3. How many babies are born in the UK each day?

Source: (Office for National Statistics) (Statista) (Springer) (The Motherload) (Statista)

There were 712.68 live births in the UK in 2019.

According to the Office for National Statistics:

  • There was a downfall of about forty-four thousand births between 2019 (712.68) and 2018 (731.21).
  • The number of births in the UK (2018) recorded a decrease by 3.2% from 755.042 in 2017. This was the lowest number of live births recorded in the UK since 2006.
  • There were 2.763 stillbirths in the United Kingdom in 2019. In other words, the correlating stillbirth rate was around 4.0 stillbirths by a thousand total births — the lowest registered rate until now.

Considering there were 604.707 deaths registered in the UK in 2019, which denotes a decrease of somewhat 2% from the 616.014 recorded in 2018 and going a bit further into 2017 (607,172). —we can safely assume the mortality rate in the UK to be increasing while the natality rate is decreasing.

4. What is the most common birth month in the UK?

In 2015, more babies were born in late September and the beginning of October in the UK than any other month of the year.

Sources: (The Independent) (Chronicle Live) (Office of National Statistics)

According to the latest analysis by the Office for National Statistics (ONS):
The most common birthday in England and Wales was September 26th, almost 9 months after Christmas Day.
Look at it this way: if we were to distribute births equally around the year, the average indicates 1800 births per month, but in September, the average was 2000.

5. Is it true that a baby is born every second?

In 2020, there were 4.3 births every second worldwide.

Sources: (Wikipedia/Birth Rate) (The World Counts) (Indexmundi)

According to data published on Wikipedia, the average birth rate in 2016 was 18.5 births by a thousand total population, whereas the average birth rate on a global level in 2012 was 19.611 births.

Further data from Index Mundi, on the other hand, indicates the crude birth rate in 2020 was 18.21 births per thousand population or 259 births globally per minute. That is an amazing 4.3 births every second!

6. What is the rarest birthday worldwide?

The 24th and 25th of December are the rarest birthdays worldwide.

Sources: (Parents) (World Atlas) (Best Life) (The Conversation) (Zippia)

Check out these figures to see which are the world’s rarest birthdays and if yours is one of them.

The rarest birthdays worldwide in 2020, according to the magazine Parents, are the following:

  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • Thanksgiving (25 November)
  • and 4th July

How about yours? Do you have an idea how common your birthday is?

7. What is the busiest month for giving birth?

The ninth month of the year (September) is the most common month for giving birth worldwide.

Sources: (World Atlas) (Mental Floss)

As mentioned above, September seems to be a busy month for parents around the world, since they are bringing home the most precious of all—their babies.

Research by World Atlas (2019) pointed out the following:

  • September 9 seems like the most popular date for giving birth worldwide. This date marked an average of 12.301 births from 1994-2004 in the USA only.
  • September 19 is the second most common birth date. The USA recorded an average of 12.229 births on September 19 from 1994-2014.
  • September 12 is the third most common birth date. From 1994-2014 there was an average of 12.225 births in the USA.

8. In what month are intelligent babies born?

The people born in September are the smartest ones.

Sources: (Travel + Leisure ) (Marie Claire) (NBER) (Good To)

A research carried out by several universities, the University of Toronto, The University of Florida, and Northwestern University in Illinois, included slightly over one million school children in the USA to determine which month produces the smartest people.

The comprehensive study found that those born in September had a higher grade on average than those born in other months.

9. In what month are most millionaires born?

The 30 most wealthy people in the world were born in June.

Sources: (Investopedia) (lovemoney)

What is extraordinary about the most wealthy of people worldwide is the mere fact they were all born in June. Regardless of whether they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth or perhaps worked hard to get to the top, these are the wealthiest people in the world:

  • Kirsten Rausing, born on the 6th of June, 1952: $6 billion (£4.7 billion) net worth.
  • John Grayken, born on the 1st of June, 1956: $6.6 billion (£5.1 billion) net worth.
  • Edward Johnson III, born on the 29th of June, 1930: $7.8 billion (£6.1bn) net worth.
  • Graeme Hart, born on the 6th of June, 1955: $9.5 billion (£7.4 billion) net worth.
  • Jim Walton, born on the 7th of June, 1948: $34 billion (£26.5 billion) net worth.

Fertility Rate and Birth Rate

10. What is the fertility rate definition?

Source: (Data For Impact Project)

The total fertility rate is defined as the number of children born in a specific year that would be born by a woman if she lived out her child-bearing years in their entirety and if she gave birth to children according to her age (the accepted age-specific fertility rates).

Now let’s see some more information about fertility rate and birth rate and further support it with numbers.

11. Which country has the highest fertility rate?

In 2017, Niger was the country with the highest fertility rate, with almost 7 children per woman.

Sources: (Statista) (World Bank) (PRB)

A survey by Statista (2017) on fertility rate by country showed that:

  • With a fertility rate of 6.49 children a woman, Niger is the country with the highest fertility rate in the world.
  • The population growth in Niger is one of the ten highest on the planet.
  • Africa accounts for about 1.1 billion people of the total global population.

12. What affects the fertility rate?

Source: (Population Education) (Empowered Women’s Health)

Having information about the total fertility rate and mortality and migration estimations helps us predict how the population might develop in the future.

Let’s see some interesting facts provided by Population Education about the factors that affect the total fertility rate:

Access to Voluntary Family Planning

Family planning lets women have overall control over how many children they have and deciding when they will have them. For instance, back in 2019, forty-four percent of women of childbearing age worldwide have been using a more contemporary method of contraception, thus taking control of the number of children they’ll have.

Government Acts and Policies

Certain governments have implemented acts to slow down population growth, and many countries have even succeeded in reducing fertility rates. For instance, Iran has reduced fertility rates from seven to two children per woman (1986-2016) with voluntary programs.

13. Is the birth rate and fertility rate the same thing?

No, these two matters have different meanings.

The fertility rate calculates the number of births (of thousand women) of childbearing age (15-44) that are happening in a specific year.

On the other hand, birth rates take advantage of the same calculation, only within particular age groups.

14. Which country has the lowest fertility rate?

Singapore was the country with the lowest fertility rate in 2017.

Source: (Statista)
Recent survey statistics by Statista (2017) indicated the fertility rate in Singapore was 0.83 children per woman, or in other words, the lowest fertility rate worldwide.

15. Fertility rate by country

Source: (CIA.GOV. The World Factbook)

To throw light on things, let’s check out the fertility rate by country (2021), for at least a couple of them:

The fertility rate in Japan – 1.38 children born/woman
India fertility rate – 2.28 children born/woman
US fertility rate – 1.84 children born/woman
UK fertility rate – 1.86 children born/woman
China fertility rate – 1.60 children born/woman

16. Are fertility rates declining, and why?

The number of people will mark a fall down to 8.8 billion by the end of the century.

Sources: (BBC) (CNN) (The New York Times)

Yes, the fertility rates are declining.

A BBC report unveils that declining fertility rates will cause a significant loss in population in nearly every country there is, by the end of the century.

Let’s see some of the numbers that point out this happening:

  • In twenty-three nations (Spain and Japan), the population is expected to reduce by 50% by the distant 2100.
  • Unless the fertility rate is over 2.1, then the population will start declining in the future.
  • In 1950, women had about 4.7 children, compared to a relatively low number of 2.4 (2017).
  • By 2064, the number of people is predicted to reach an astonishing 9.7 billion. However, afterwards, the number is expected to start declining to 8.8 billion by the end of the 21st century.

17. How many pregnancies end in miscarriage?

Around 10-15 in a hundred pregnancies end in miscarriage.

Sources: (March Of Dimes) (NHS)

How common are miscarriages?

Let’s look at the numbers curated by the National Health Security (2018):

  • Roughly one in eight pregnancies ended in miscarriage (for women who knew that they were pregnant).
  • Recurrent miscarriages (losing three or more pregnancies consecutively) are not very common. The affected ratio is around one in a hundred women.

Furthermore, according to March Of Dimes (2017):

  • Women who were aware of their pregnancy, approximately 10-15 in a hundred pregnancies—10-15% end in miscarriage.
  • Miscarriage between 13 and 19 weeks is likely to happen in one to five in a hundred pregnancies, or 1-5%.

The cause of miscarriage is usually unknown. But if we put in numbers, it would denote 50-75% of women. However, even after having one miscarriage, 65% of women succeed in having a successful and healthy pregnancy afterward.

Teen Pregnancy Rates

18. What are the main causes of teenage pregnancies?

In 2017, women aged 15-19 gave birth to 194.377 babies worldwide.

Source: (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) (United Nations/World Fertility)

One of the few reasons for teenage pregnancies is single-parent households that lack positive family interaction and parental supervision.

Therefore, let’s see the numbers on teen pregnancy rates given in these teen pregnancy stats.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017):

  • Women (aged 15 and 19) gave birth to approximately 195.000 babies worldwide (2017), whereas the birth rate was around 19 for a thousand women for that specific age group.
  • From 2016 to 2017, there was a decrease of 7%.
  • In the one year between 2016-2017, birth rates went down ten percent, for women between the age of 15 and 17. And also six percent for women between the age of 18 and 19 too.

Let’s see some more facts about teen pregnancy, this time divided into racial groups.

Teen birth recorded a decrease (2016-2017) for most racial groups, Hispanics as well.

The decline of teen birth rates among young people between the age of 15 and 19 are these next ones:

  • Non-Hispanic Asians – 15 percent
  • Hispanics – 9 percent
  • Non-Hispanic whites – 8 percent
  • Non-Hispanic blacks – 6 percent
  • American Indian and Alaska Natives – 6 percent

The fertility rate among young adults between ages 15 and 19 in thirty-four countries around the world was about eighty births per thousand young women in the period between 2015 and 2020. Another piece of information is that among the thirty-four countries, twenty-nine were African.

Unplanned Pregnancies

19. How common is unplanned pregnancy? What is the percentage of unplanned pregnancies?

There are eighty-five million (over 40 percent) unplanned pregnancies worldwide.

Sources: (Unplanned Pregnancy) (Guttmacher) (ASPIVIX) (Guttmacher/Unintended pregnancies in the USA) (The Lancet)

Here are some statistics on unplanned pregnancies:


What is the proportion of unplanned pregnancies in the US?

Let’s see the percentage of unplanned pregnancies according to Guttmacher:

  • In the US (2011), every thousand women aged between 15 and 44 recorded 45 unintended pregnancies. That’s five percent of all reproductive women every year.
  • The same year, forty-five percent of six million pregnancies were unintended (the USA).

Furthermore, let’s see some stats on unplanned pregnancies in the world:

  • The global rate of unintended pregnancy was estimated at 44% of all pregnancies between 2010 and 2014.
  • This percentage corresponds to approximately sixty-two unintended pregnancies in 1000 women between the ages of 15 and 44.

20. But why are there so many unplanned pregnancies?

The reasons for unplanned pregnancy can be assigned to 3 major factors:

  • Lack of knowledge about sex and pregnancy
  • Failure to use contraception
  • The use of a contraceptive that failed

The standard and most common contraception are 90 to 99% effective, provided it is used properly. Condoms have shown a 98 percent guaranteed protection, while the birth control pill assures 99.7% effectiveness.

Advanced Maternal Age

21. Finland had the highest number of first-time mothers over thirty-five in the Nordic countries (2018).

Source: (Foreigner.fi) (YLE.fi)

The THL in 2020 revealed the average age of giving birth had seen an increase in all the Nordic countries:

  • Compared to younger mothers, in 2018, 20% of the first-time mothers were women thirty-five years and older.
  • This proportion was the highest in Finland with 23.6%.
  • In contrast to this, the lowest was in Iceland with 20.3%.

The Scandic average birth age is almost the same as other European women (around 31years old).The average age for giving birth – 30.8.

Yet, here’s a further comparison against other European countries:

  • Bulgaria and Ukraine have the lowest average birth age – 27.7.
  • Lichtenstein, Spain, and Ireland have the highest average birth age – 32.2.

22. What is the average age to have a baby in the US?

In the United States (2018), the legal age at which women gave birth to their 1st child was around 27.

Sources: (Wikipedia/Advanced Maternal Age) (National Center for Family & Marriage Research) (MarketWatch)

Data published in 2018 by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research revealed the average age of women having their first child in the US was twenty-one (1970). Nonetheless, further data indicated for that number to have made a rise to 26.9 (2018).

On the other hand, Stanford University research in 2017 stated the average age of a first child for males in the US had made an increase to 31 years of age from 27.

23. What is the average age of having a first child by country?

The average birth age for a first child among the European Union countries climbed up from 28.7 in 2013 to 29.1 in 2017.

Sources: (Eurostat) (Healthline) (BloomLife)

In research by Eurostat in 2019, we found out that:

  • The country with the most significant change in four years (2013-2017) happened in Estonia. The mean age rose by 1.2 years, compared to 2013 when it was 26.5, and in 2017 (27.7).
  • In the same period, there was a slight but significant change in Czechia, of 0.1 years.
  • Slovakia and Sweden both marked an upward change of 0.2 years.

Additionally, the Member States with women having their first child and older age in 2017 were:

  • Italy – around 31.01 years old
  • Spain – around 31
  • Luxembourg – nearly 31
  • Bulgaria – 26.1
  • Romania – 26.5
  • Latvia – around 27 years old.

According to a Health Line report, the best age to have a baby for a woman is when she is at the beginning of her twenties or early thirties. Thus, the best age to have a baby biologically is a factor that puts the mother and the child above all, i.e. the best outcomes for both of them. The ideal age to give birth for the first time is when the mother is more or less thirty years old, although age is not the only factor to consider when having a baby.

On the other hand, the average age of a mother at last birth ranges between 39 and 42. Another thing worthy of mention is that a woman’s last successful pregnancy is believed to occur between the age of 38-41.

24. The average age of the first child by race

In the period between 2000-2014, the average age for a first birth increased by more than a year for all races, Hispanic group origins too.

Sources: (National Center for Health Statistics) (National Center for Health Statistic/Data Briefs)

Is there a difference in the average age between first-time moms by race and Hispanic origin?

According to research by NCHS Data Brief in 2016, the mean age at first birth grew higher for all race and Hispanic origin groups (2000-2014).

Let’s see some numbers that provide further elaborations:

  • For Cuban women, the increase was by less than a year, whereas for non-Hispanic black mothers, it was by around 2 years.
  • In 2000, Asian or Pacific Islander women had the oldest average of first births, which was around twenty-eight in 2000 and rose to approximately thirty years in 2014.
  • The average age for first births among AIAN (American Indian or Alaska Native) mothers changed by 1.5 years.
  • In 2000 it was twenty-one, and until 2014 it dropped to twenty-three.
  • In 2014, the mean age at first birth for API for around 30 years.
  • For non-Hispanic white (27 years).
  • For Central and South American (26.5 years)
  • The average for Cuban mothers (27.0 years) was higher than the average for all mothers, 26.3 years.

On the other hand, the mean age for first births was lower than the average among:

  • Puerto Rican women – 24 years.
  • Non-Hispanic black women – 24.2 years.
  • Mexican women – around 24 years.
  • And the lowest was among American Indian or Alaska Native women – 23 years.

Abortion statistics

25. How many abortions are performed each year in the US?

In 2017 the number of abortions performed in the USA was exactly 862.000.

Sources: (Guttmacher) (Statista) (Live Action) (Statista/Abortion in the United States)

In the six years (2011-2017), there had been changes in the USA regarding abortions.

Let’s have a look at the following stats that further elaborate the above-mentioned:

  • In 2011, the number of abortions in the USA was 1.058 thousand, and it decreased by 19%. With that being said, in 2017, that number fell to 862 thousand. In other words, there were 196 thousand fewer abortions.
  • The number of abortions, i.e. abortion rate (per thousand women) between the ages of 15 and 44, fell from 16.9 (2011) to 13.5 (2017), which is 20% less.
  • Additionally, the number of abortions, i.e. abortion ratio, per hundred pregnancies (abortions or live births), was 21.2 (2011), and in the following 6 years, it went down 13%.

In the period between 2011 and 2017, there were many restrictions regarding abortions, which significantly influenced the numbers. In those years, thirty-two states have put into action a total of 394 new restrictions.

Let’s have a look at some abortion statistics from 2020. According to Statista survey, in May 2019:

  • 46% of Americans declared themselves as part of the ‘pro-choice’ group
  • whereas 48% considered themselves as part of the ‘pro-life’ group.

There have always been differences in opinions when it comes to abortions. Despite that, thousands of women in the USA have abortions each year. To support this with numbers, in 2016, there were about 623 thousand abortions made legally, which is lower than the years before.

26. When was abortion made legal in the US?

It is humane that people, in this case, women, get to choose what to do with their bodies.

In the USA, abortion was legalized on the 22nd of January, 1973.

C-section Rates vs Natural Rates

Emergency C-sections percentage

27. In England, 16% of births were emergency C-sections in 2018.

Sources: (NHS Digital 2019) (BBC) (PubMed) (U.S. News) (NHS Digital)

How common is an emergency C-section?

Let’s look at some numbers about emergency C-sections by country.

The following information is curated from a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for March 2019, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set. It refers to emergency C-sections in England:

  • Most emergency C-sections (18%) were recorded in the London Commissioning Region.
  • The least of them were in North England or South of the Commissioning Regions (only 15%).

Of all the recorded births in England in 2018:

  • 58% were vaginal births
  • 11% were birthed with the assistance of instruments
  • 13% were elective C-sections
  • Just 16% were emergency C-sections (cesarean sections) from the overall recorded births.

Furthermore, the BBC’s research in Scotland in 2019, revealed 28.4% of the mothers who attempted vaginal birth at first, still ended having an emergency C-section.

The following data is from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. The participants were women who had their first child between the age of 18 and 38, in the period from 1996-2012:

  • Results Caesarean sections had a share of 29.1% of first-time births.
  • 18.2% were emergency C-sections.
  • And 10.9% were elective caesareans.

According to US news in 2019, almost one-third of childbirths were C-sections:

  • There was a 26% low-risk cesarean section rate back in 2017.
  • The total number of C-sections in the USA for 2017 was 32%.
  • Going further back to 2013, the cesarean section rate was around 33%.

28. What state has the highest C-section rate?

In 2019, Mississippi, with 38.3%, had the most C-sections.

Sources: (Statista) (National Center for Health Statistic/Mississippi) (CDC/Cesarean Delivery Rate by State)

According to the NCHS, in 2019, the state with the most C-section deliveries was Mississippi, with 38.3% of all live births being C-sections.

29. Do doctors prefer C-sections?

In 2018, about seventy percent of doctors performed C-sections because of the fear of being sued.

Source: (The Daily Mail) (The Atlantic) (Health Line)

Why do doctors prefer c-sections?

Well, this is an interesting question. Doctors think C-sections are safer, less messy than vaginal births, and reduce the number of complications during the delivery. In addition to this, when performing C-sections, doctors also get paid more, on average, 15% more than when performing natural births.

Natural vs C-section birth statistics

Sources: (Health Line) (NPR)

How often do women give birth naturally? How often is it a C-section?

According to Health Line:

  • In 2018, the CDC reported around 32 percent of births have been via C-sections.

The information curated from NPR about a study from The World Health Organization suggests that the optimal rate probably depends on the location:

  • In 2015 in North America, the live births delivered by C-section were 32%.
  • That very same year, in Western Europe, 27% were C-sections.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean were the only regions in 2015 with more C-sections than those mentioned above – 44% (each).

Across the region of Africa, the C-section rate has been almost constant in the last twenty years (since 2000), with a slight change of 5% altogether.

30. Epidural vs. natural birth statistics

Over 70% of women received epidural worldwide.

Sources: (All About Women MD) (Stanford Medicine) (Parents) (Statista) (NCBI)

According to the National Institutes of Health report, since 1997, epidurals have become more commonly used with the rise of C-section deliveries – which had risen by 72%.

Additionally, the CDC conducted a study in 2008, revealing that:

  • 61% of women received an epidural
  • 64% of younger women (under 20) are more prone to epidurals
  • Whereas 59% of women over 35 are less prone to epidurals.

Furthermore, let’s check out some statistics about natural birth in the US:

  • In 2018, 3.79 million live births were recorded in the USA.
  • The highest birth rate in 2018 was among women between the age of 20 and 34, with 86 births per 1000 women.
  • In 2018 in Montana, 2.4% of all babies were delivered at home.
  • In 2018, there were only 17 births per 1000 teenagers, which denotes a decrease in the last decades.

Twin Birth Statistics

31. How many sets of twins are born each day?

Sources: (Statista) (Live Science)

In 2011, identical twins were born at an almost constant rate of 3.5 to 4 per thousand births globally.

How many twins are there in the world? How common are twins? Let’s see some facts about identical twins and non-identical twins.

According to Statista, in 2019, since 1980, the U.S. birth rate for twins has risen significantly.

Let’s have a look at these stats and facts:

  • In 2018, the twin birth rate in the United States was close to 33 (per thousand) live births.
  • The Columbia District and Connecticut are the two states with the most twin-sets birth rates.
  • Because of in vitro fertilization, in 2018, it was confirmed that most women to give birth to twins are those between 45-54.

32. How many sets of identical twins are born each year?

The twin birth rate in America marked a decrease by four percent between 2014-2018.

Source: (The Washington Post) (National Center for Statistics/Data Briefs) (CDC)

A report released by the NCHS indicated the twin birth rate in the USA decreased in the period from 2014 to 2018—after three decades of increase.

  • The twin birth rate in the USA decreased by 4%.
  • In 2014 the twin birth rate was 33.9 per thousand births.
  • In 2018 it was 32.6 per 1000 births.

In the 23 years (1980 and 2003), the twin birth rate has risen by 2%, 18.9 twins per thousand deliveries. On the other hand, this rising number slowed down a bit to less than 1% per year between 2003 and 2014.

33. How many conjoined twins are alive?

Nearly 70% of conjoined twins are female.

Sources: (Asking Lot) (CNN) (9news)

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center in 2012, in 200.000 twin births given globally, one is conjoined:

  • 40 to 60% are stillborn
  • 35% of those who survive to live no more than a day.

Most of the conjoined twin births happened in Southwest Asia or Africa. Although even there, it is quite infrequent. A rough estimation on this matter showed that this occurs once in 49.000 to once in 189.000 births.

Twin Facts

Sources: (Guinness World Records) (Wikipedia/Multiple Birth) (Parents) (The Conversation) (Extra.ie)

Let’s answer the most commonly asked questions about twins:

1) What is the longest gap between twins?

From Ireland, Amy Ann and Kate Marie were 87 days apart—Thus, this is the longest gap between a set of twins being born.

2) What is the shortest time between twins?

Amanda D. from Canada takes away the world record by giving birth to Emanuelle and Elodie on April 6, 2017. The gap between the two births was a staggering 22.976 seconds – making it the shortest time between twins.

3) How common are quadruplets?

Quadruplets are not very common. Twins or triplets are more likely to happen, rather than quadruplets. In 2007, there were about 3.500 quadruplet sets recorded globally.

4) What is the average twin birth weight?

The average birth weight of twins born in the ninth month of pregnancy is two and a half kilograms. However, one of the babies is always heavier than the other.

5) How rare are non-identical twins?

The rates of non-identical twins are not consistent among different groups:

  • Among Caucasians, it is eight in thousand births
  • Among Africans – sixteen in thousand births
  • And among Asians – four in thousand births.

34. Fraternal twins vs. identical twins statistics

Source: (Twins Magazine) (Health Line)

Let’s see some fraternal twins vs identical twins statistics curated from Twins Magazine in 2020:

  • No matter the person’s origin, the rate for identical twins has held a global constant of 4 per 1000 births throughout history.
  • The fraternal rate is about 22.8 per 1000 globally, due to the many depending factors, it isn’t constant.
  • Among people of African origin, fraternal twins are more common – about 16 per 1000.
  • Among Asians, on the other hand, it is the opposite since there are only 3 among 1000 births.
    The rate among Caucasians is 8 per 1000.

In the USA, there are more groups with significant differences. Let’s check them out:

  • Among Hispanic people – the rate is 20.1 twins per 1000 births.
  • This number is lower than what the non-Hispanic whites have – 31.5 per 1000.
  • And among non-Hispanic black people – 32.1 twin births per 1000 births altogether.
  • The African tribe, called Yorubas, has the highest twin rate in the world – 1 in 22.
  • For women who are over 35, the twinning rate is more common. To be more precise, there are double chances for twins among women aged 35-40.

In the USA, Massachusetts and Connecticut have seen the highest ever percentage of twins, 25% more high than the U.S. rate. Whereas Nebraska and New Jersey had 2x the national level of triplets and higher births.

Infant Mortality Rates

35. What is the infant mortality rate?

The infant mortality rate definition is the number of deaths (those who didn’t have the chance to live for a full year) for every thousand live births.

Let’s see some statistics divided into a couple of categories to determine the infant mortality rate in different parts of the world.

36. The country has the highest infant mortality rate?

Source: (Embryology) (Statista)

Angola had the highest infant mortality rate with 175.9 deaths per 1000 live births (2011).

Statista’s survey from 2017 revealed some shocking numbers related to the infant mortality rate in 20 countries worldwide. Let’s have a look at the countries at the top of that list:

  • Afghanistan with 110.6 live births per 1000.
  • Somalia, with almost 95 live births per 1000
  • The Central African Republic with a bit over 86 live births per 1000.

Now, let’s see the statistics on World infant mortality in 2011, curated from Embryology:

  • Angola – 175.9 deaths in 1000 live births
  • Afghanistan – 149.2 deaths in 1000 live births
  • Niger – 112.22 deaths in 1000 live births
  • Mali – 111.35 deaths in 1000 live births
  • Somalia – 105.56 deaths in 1000 live births

In 2009, about 3.3 million newborns died in their first month.

In 1990, there were more than four million neonatal deaths, and most of them took place among the following countries:

  • In India – 27.8%
  • In Nigeria – 7.2%
  • In Pakistan 6.9%
  • In China – 6.4%
  • Last but not least, in the Democratic Republic of Congo – 4.6%.

37. Infant mortality rate in the US

Source: (CDC/Reproductive Health) (Statista) (CDC/Data Brief)

In America, the IMR was 5.6 deaths per thousand live births (2019).

Further data from the CDC on the infant mortality rate of the United States for 2018 revealed:

  • In the USA, the infant mortality rate in 2018 was 5.7 deaths per 1000 live births.
  • Within one year (2017 to 2018), the mortality rate of infants went down by 2.3% or from 579.3 to 566.2.

38. Why is the infant mortality rate high in the US?

Source: (Reuters) (Science Daily)

In some European and Scandinavian countries, the infant mortality rate for full-term babies was lower by 50-200% than in the USA.

Therefore, it’s worth mentioning that out of five thousand full-term births, eleven babies died before the age of one, according to a report in PLoS Medicine.

39. Infant mortality rate in different countries around the world

Sources: (Statista) (Statista/India) (Knoema) (Knoema/China)

What is the infant mortality rate (IMR) in some countries around the world?

Let’s find out:

  • India – Statista, 2019 sheds light on India’s significantly lower IMR compared to 2018. The latest research showed there were around twenty-eight deaths per thousand births.
  • Japan – a survey from 2019, marked Japan’s IMR to have been around 2 deaths per thousand live births.
  • Singapore – Showed a decline of 2.58% in the IMR in the period of one year (2018-2019). In different words, in 2018 it was 1.62 deaths per 1000 births, whereas in 2019 – 1.58.
  • China – the IMR in 2019 was 6.8 deaths per thousand births.


This article gave you a good and in-depth view of many aspects of the population – GLOBALLY.
Now you are aware of just how many babies are getting born each day, you have heard about the fertility rate and the infant mortality rate. We have learned about some amazing twins statistics, we have also learned the most common and the least common months for giving birth, and many more things of interest are.


Source: (Quora) (Historic UK)

1) Is there a day when no one was born?

The answer to this question is quite simple. No, there isn’t such a day since there are too many people on the planet.

2) Has there been a day when nobody died?

There isn’t a global record for this, but in England and Wales, there were 11 days when no births were recorded. Starting from September 2nd to September 14th, 1752. Although I doubt it’s been recorded, nonetheless, there must have been births in the world or that region at the very least.