Taipei(CNA ) The average age of first time mothers in Taiwan was 30.7 years old in 2016, an increase of 2.2 years from 2007, according to the latest statistics provided by the Ministry of the Interior.
The average age of first time mothers has increased each year since 2007, when it was 28.5 years. At the same time, the figures released on Saturday also show that the average age of women marrying for the first time has risen from 28.06 in 2007 to 30.04 in 2016.
The ministry attributed the statistics to a change in social norms that has resulted in fewer people willing to follow traditional ideas of marriage.
In 2016 there were 207,600 newborn babies in the country, marking a decline of 5,493, or 2.6 percent from the previous year, the statistics show.
The average age of women giving birth increased from 29.5 years old in 2007 to 31.9 in 2016.
The statistics also show that most of the newborns in 2016 were born to women aged 30-34, accounting for 39.85 percent of all women giving birth that year. This was followed by 23.51 percent in the 25-29 age group and 23.25 percent in the 35-39 age group.
Of the newborn children, 50.9 percent were the mother's first child, 37.8 percent the second child and 11.3 percent the third child or above.
Since 2007 more than 88 percent of newborns have been first or second children, according to the statistics.
In terms of places of birth, New Taipei was home to most newborns in 2016 with 34,148, followed by Taipei with 27,785 and Taichung with 25,653.
The highest crude birth rate in the country was in Lienchiang County on the Matsu Islands with 12.8 per 1,000 births in 2016, while the lowest was in Chiayi County with 5.6 per 1,000 births.
Comparing crude birth rates in 2016 with those in 2007, the largest increase of 2.1 per 1,000 births was recorded in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, the statistics show.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel