Katsina State has recorded the highest birth rate Iin Nigeria at 7.3 births per woman, according to a recent survey data in the 2018 Nigerian Demographic and Health Survey.
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According to the survey, Lagos, the country’s economic capital, has the lowest number of births at 3.4 children per woman.
The report states that the birth rate in urban areas is much lower than that of rural areas.
According to the survey, the total birth rate in Nigeria is 5.3 children per woman.
The second lowest birth rate in Nigeria is recorded in Akwa Ibom, which is 3.6 births per woman, followed by Cross River, which has 3.7 births per woman.
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Other states with high birth rates include Bauchi and Jigawa, which have a birth rate of 7.2 and 7.1 respectively.
Insurgency-ridden states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe also have high birth rates at 6.1, 5.2 and 5.9 children per woman.
“Currently, women in Nigeria have an average of 5.3 children. Since 1990, fertility has decreased from 6.0 children per woman to the current level,” the report states in part.
“Fertility varies by residence and state. Women in rural areas have an average of 5.9 children compared to 4.5 children among urban women. By state, fertility ranges from 3.4 children per woman in Lagos to 7.3 children per woman in Katsina.
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“Fertility also varies with education and household wealth. Women with no education have twice as many children as women with more than secondary education. Fertility decreases as the wealth of the respondent’s household increases.”
The report added that women living in the poorest households have an average of 6.7 children, compared to 3.8 children among women living in the wealthiest households.
The survey further showed that Lagos has the lowest rate of teenage pregnancy at just one per cent, while Bauchi has the highest at 41 percent.
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It noted that 44 percent of teenage girls with no education have begun childbearing, compared to one per cent of teenage girls with more than secondary education.