Malaysian fertility rate in 2022 lowest in 50 years

  • The fertility rate in 2022 has reached its lowest in five decades, with 1.6 children for every woman aged 15-49 years compared with 1.7 children in 2021.
  • Chief Statistician Uzir Mahidin said that from 1970 to 2012, the national fertility rate was still above the replacement level of 2.1 children, which meant the average number of children born per woman was sufficient to replace herself and her partner. However, the number started to decline below the replacement level in 2013.
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  • Malays recorded the highest fertility rate with 2.1 children per woman aged 15-49 years old. Meanwhile, Chinese women had the lowest fertility rate among all ethnic groups with 0.8 children.

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