# Child-woman ratio

From Demography

This article describes a ratio measure. In the standard operationalization, the numerator of the measure is number of children under 5 (view other ratio measures with this numerator) and the denominator of the measure is number of females of childbearing age (view other ratio measures with this denominator). The denominator used for reporting is 1000. The measurement period is a single point in time.

The numerator counts the total count of some type of entity, and an appropriate convention is set regarding the time within the measurement period that this count is calculated.

The denominator counts the total count of some type of entity, and an appropriate convention is set regarding the time within the measurement period that this count is calculated.

## Definition

The **child-woman ratio** of a population is defined as the number of children under age 5 per 1,000 women ages 15-44 or 15-49 in a population in a given year. This crude fertility measure, based on basic census data, is sometimes used when more specific fertility-related information is not available.