Zero Population Growth

Definition

Zero population growth (also called the replacement level of fertility) refers to stabilization of a population at its current level.

Description

A population growth rate of zero means that a population remains stable over time, with no net change in numbers of entities within the population (i.e., birthrate is in balance with death rate). In more developed countries (MDC), where infant mortality rates are low, a fertility rate of about 2.2 children per couple results in zero population growth. This rate is slightly more than two because the extra fraction includes infant deaths, infertile couples, and couples that choose not to have children. In less developed countries (LDC), the replacement level of fertility is often as high as six children per couple.

Zero population growth, as a term, lends its name to a national, nonprofit organization founded in 1968 by Paul R. Ehrlich, which works to achieve a sustainable balance between population, resources, and the environment worldwide.

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ORGANIZATIONS

Zero Population Growth, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 320, Washington, DC, 20036

Disclaimer:   This information is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a substitute for professional care.

(MLA 8th Edition)