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Turkish Birth Rate Higher in Poorer Regions

Some interesting population figures about Turkey appear in today’s Hurriyet Daily News.

 - There were a total of 1.23 million births in Turkey in 2011, a slight drop from 1.25 million the previous year, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute.

 - 27.1% of the births occurred in the southeast of Turkey.

 - On average, women in Turkey are having two children. Women in the southeast are having the most babies – an average of 3.42. Women in the western Marmara region are having the lowest average amount – 1.55.

 - While the 25-29 age range was the most popular for births in Istanbul, the Marmara region, the Aegean, Western Anatolia, and the western and eastern Black Sea, the 20-24 bracket was most common in the Mediterranean and Central Anatolia. In the Northeast, Central Anatolia and South-eastern Anatolia, women were still commonly having babies at 30-34 years of age, indicating that relatively older women are still conceiving regularly in these regions.

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