Definition of Birth Rate
Birth Rate Pronunciation
Syllabification: birth rate
- American English – /bUHRth rAYt/
- British English – /bUHRth rAYt/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /bɜrθ reɪt/
- British English – /bɜːθ reɪt/
- Plural: birth rates
- The birth rate is one of several rates called social statistics studied by sociologists in addition to the divorce rate, fertility rate, and mortality rate.
- Not to be confused with fertility rate.
- The birth rate is contrasted to the mortality rate.
- Variant spellings:
- Also called natality.
- “The Baby Boomers are a defining feature of American society and a touchstone for research on aging and the life course. Boomers have embodied many trends, from the sexual revolution to rising women’s workforce participation to changes in intergenerational relationships. While unique for its sheer size, the cohort is also unique for its trajectory. The Baby Boomers came of age during a period of great technological and social innovation. With important implications for family life, their aging is a testing ground for theories of cohort and generation, and it underscores the importance of research on the older population and later life. To review facts well known to sociologists, the Baby Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. Their defining feature is the cohort’s size. Much to the surprise of demographers accustomed to the low fertility of the 1930s, the U.S. birth rate remained high for nearly 20 years before it fell to the low levels we know today” (Treas and Marcum 2011:132).
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- cohort effect
- cohort study
- population composition
- population pyramid
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “birth rate.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 29, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/birth-rate/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
birth rate. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/birth-rate/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “birth rate.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 29, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/birth-rate/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“birth rate.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 29 Sep. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/birth-rate/>.