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Women in the less developed southeast Anatolia give birth to an avarege of 3.4 children, way above those in the east

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Source: CNNTürk

Source: CNNTürk

Turkish women are having more babies in the southeast of the country, with 27.1 percent of all births occurring there in 2011, while the western Marmara region only accounts for 11.5 percent of births, according to statistics revealed by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

There was a total of 1.23 million births in Turkey in 2011, a slight drop from the 1.25 million in 2010, according to the data. Of the babies born last year, 51 percent were male, while 49 percent were female. The crude birth, or the rate of babies per 1,000 people, also dropped from 17.2 percent in 2010 to 16.7 percent in 2011.

Overall birth falls

Similarly, the number of children per woman during the fertile age ranges of 15-49 fell to 2.02 in 2011, from 2.05 percent in 2010. In other words, on average, women in Turkey are having an average of two children. Women in Southeastern Anatolia, however, are having the most babies, at an average of 3.42 children each, compared to the 1.55 children per woman in the western Marmara region. Marmara is the region with the lowest amount of babies per woman. In 2011 the average age of women having babies in the country as a whole was calculated to be 27.3 years of age. In Istanbul the average age for a woman to give birth was 27.9, while this figure was 26.4 in Central Anatolia. In 2011, the most fertile age range was found to be the 25-29 age bracket, according to the TUİK data. While the 25-29 age range was the most popular age for births in Istanbul, the Marmara region, the Aegean, Western Anatolia, and the western and eastern Black Sea, the 20-24 bracket was most prevalent in the Mediterranean and Central Anatolia. In the Northeast, Central Anatolia and Southeastern Anatolia, women were still commonly having babies at 30-34 years of age, signaling that relatively older women are still conceiving regularly in these regions.

When analyzed over a ten-year period, according to the TÜİK data, the Turkish provinces that registered the highest increase in birth rates were the following: Tekirdağ (41 percent), Kocaeli (20 percent), Antalya (19 percent), Gaziantep (18 percent), Istanbul (12 percent), and Bursa (10 percent).
Conversely, the provinces that registered the sharpest drop in their birth rates from 2001-2010 were the following: Kırıkkale (-44 percent), Kırşehir (-40 percent), Ardahan (-39 percent), Tokat (-39 percent), Çorum (-38 percent), Yozgat (-36 percent), Ordu (-34 percent), Giresun (-33 percent), Gümüşhane (-33 percent), Samsun (-32 percent), Amasya (-32 percent), Sinop (-32 percent), Bayburt (-32 percent), Rize (-29 percent), Artvin (-28 percent) and Erzurum (-27 percent).

The most births in Turkey in 2011 occurred during the following months, in order of popularity: August, January, July, September and October.


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constantinos kio

10/26/2012 8:03:55 PM

false front page . the true is that kurdish birth rate is about 3 times more than the turkish . that means soon or late turks will be miniritie in turkey . unfortunatelly this will be the future . federation in the solution . to avoid tension and war .


10/26/2012 5:01:35 PM

This is universal. Poor and uneducated multiply more. No coincidence that these are heavily Kurdsh regions.

Sid Mark

10/26/2012 11:17:05 AM

Kurdish population on the increase?

Faruk Beisser

10/26/2012 9:52:37 AM

Good for the women in the East and Southeast, they must receive medals for obeying the Great Leader's demand that every woman must bear at least 3 children and should be happy if nature gives her 5 or more. The rest of the women must be terrorists for not obeying the Great Leader's order!

Diren Sesel

10/26/2012 12:49:00 AM

Its increasing because of no sex education and man power in the work area and fields.
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