There’s nothing more special than the pitter-patter of little feet, but have you ever wondered just how many babies are born around the world? How about the ratio of boys born compared to girls?
We’ve analysed United Nations (UN) birth data between 2015 and 2020 to determine how many births occurred in the world’s 10 most populated countries for our birth map. We’ve also used UN birth sex ratio data for the same period to determine how many boys and girls were born.
To help us better understand birth patterns on a global scale, we’ve also analysed an additional eight well-known countries with smaller populations. In these countries, we’ve analysed data at a state, regional, or county level to see how many births occur in a year and the proportion of boys to girls. We also calculated this for the United States and Russia – two of the world’s most populated countries.
Please note: These are estimates based on UN data and may differ from actual numbers.
Canada has 13 provinces and we’ve determined how many people were born in each of these areas in 2018, as well as the number of boys and girls born. Ontario came out on top with 140,785 births, while Nunavut recorded just 410.
Ireland is one of the smallest countries on our list and consists of four major provinces. Leinster has the highest number of births, with 34,453 recorded in 2019. In contrast, 3,564 babies were born in Ulster.
Germany has 16 Federal States and, in 2019, the most babies were born in North Rhine-Westphalia with 170,391 births. Bremen recorded the lowest births of any Federal State, with 7,149 babies born.
Six states and two territories make up Australia. New South Wales is the most populous state and recorded 85,596 births in 2018. In contrast, there were just 3,411 births in the Northern Territory in the same period.
While many countries around the world have states and territories, the United Kingdom is divided up by counties. The county of Outer London recorded 72,352 births in 2019, while Cumbria recorded the lowest with 4,233 births.
Like the United Kingdom, Sweden is made up of various counties. In 2019, the greatest number of babies were born in Stockholm (28,409), while Gotland recorded the lowest with just 516 births.
There are various regional council areas across New Zealand’s North and South Islands. In 2017, more babies were born in Auckland than in any other region (21,393 births). Meanwhile, the West Coast recorded the smallest number with 363 births.
There are nine provinces across South Africa and each records thousands of births each year. KwaZulu-Natal recorded the most births in 2018 with 190,923. The Northern Cape recorded the lowest amount with 24,195.
Russia is one of the most populated countries in the world and is divided into eight federations. In 2019, the Central Federal District recorded the most births (366,668) while the Far Eastern Federal District recorded the least (91,046).
The United States is known for doing everything big – and that includes their population. In 2018, the state of California recorded the highest number of births, with 454,920 babies born. In contrast, Vermont recorded just 5,432 births – the lowest in the United States.