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JORDAN: Fertility Rate Drops 50% Since 1976

The Jordan Times on 28 March reported that according to a nationwide survey, the fertility rate saw a 50 per cent drop in Jordan between the years 1976 and 2012. The Jordan Population and Family Health Survey (JPFHS) for the year 2012 showed that the fertility rate per Jordanian woman dropped from 7.6 children in 1976 to 3.5 children per woman in 2012. The survey, conducted by the Department of Statistics (DoS) and funded by the government, USAID, the United Nations Population Fund and UNICEF, found that the highest fertility rate in 2012 was in Jerash with 4.3 children per woman, followed by both Mafraq and Maan with 4.1 fertility rates.

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