The number of babies being born of course influences Slough’s population size.
General fertility rates (GFR) allow comparisons in the number of births between different areas. This calculates the number of births in an area as a rate per 1,000 females aged 15 to 44. In 2014, there were over 78.8 births per 1,000 females of reproductive age in Slough.
The fertility rate graph, (source: Health and Social Care Information Centre), shows Slough has a much higher birth rate than the national and South East regional averages. In 2014, there were 2,591 babies born to Slough families.
Mothers of different ages and their babies will have different needs.
The number of births has been broken down into the age of the mother at the birth of their baby. This break down can give the percentage of all births to show what age-groups they occur in.
Most women in Slough were between the ages of 25 and 34 at the birth of their baby. There are a higher percentage of women from Slough who gave birth to their babies at these ages than there are nationally and regionally.
Also in Slough, there are fewer younger mothers aged between 11 and 24 and fewer older mothers aged 35 and over, at the birth of their baby.
That population information and projections are used for future planning.
More detailed analysis on the 2011 Census can be found at: