zero population growth (ZPG)

1. (noun) When birth rates equal death rates either locally or globally.

2. (noun) When the people entering a given population through birth or immigration are the same as people leaving the population through death or emigration.

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: zero population growths
  • Some definitions of zero population growth only consider a balance of death rates to birth rate but not emigration or immigration.
  • Also called:
    • population equilibrium
    • replacement level fertility

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How to Cite the Definition of Zero Population Growth

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “zero population growth.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/zero-population-growth/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

zero population growth. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/zero-population-growth/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “zero population growth.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/zero-population-growth/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“zero population growth.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/zero-population-growth/>.