UK's highest fertility rate claimed by Barking and Dagenham borough
Barking and Dagenham has the highest fertility rate in the UK, new figures show.
It is the fourth time in five years that the London borough has topped the rankings, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
A rate of 2.47 children per mother was recorded for Barking and Dagenham in 2016, marking a slight rise from 2.42 children per mother the previous year.
In second place was Forest Heath in Suffolk, with a rate of 2.31, followed in third place by Slough in Berkshire (2.29).
By contrast the City of London recorded the lowest fertility rate in 2016 (0.75), followed by Westminster (1.20) and Edinburgh (1.22).
The average for the whole of the country was 1.79, down from 1.92 in 2012.
All four nations of the UK have seen the average rate fall in 2016, compared with figures in 2012.
Scotland saw the largest drop, from 1.67 in 2012 to 1.52 in 2016, followed by Wales (1.74 in 2016, down from 1.88 in 2012) and England (1.81 in 2016, down from 1.94 in 2012).
Northern Ireland saw the lowest drop during the same period, with 1.95 children per mother in 2016, down from 2.03 in 2012.
The figures also show that the West Midlands and the East of England jointly recorded the highest rates of any region in England in 2016 (1.91) and the North East the lowest (1.72).
Here are the top 10 highest fertility rates by area in 2016:
1. Barking and Dagenham - 2.47
2. Forest Heath - 2.31
3. Slough - 2.29
4. Peterborough - 2.26
5. Blackburn with Darwen - 2.25
6. Elmbridge - 2.23
7. Bradford - 2.21
8. Burnley - 2.19
9. Luton - 2.18
= Oldham 2.18