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Definition of Rate, birth

Rate, birth: The birth rate is usually given as the number of live births divided by the average population (or the population at midyear). This is termed the crude birth rate. In 1995, for example, the crude birth rate per 1,000 population was 14 in the United States, 16.9 in Australia, etc.

Birth Rate chart 1980-95

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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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