The NSW suburbs and towns where the most babies were born in 2015

10 month old Tania Ejaz in Francis Park, Blacktown. Photo: James AlcockMost popular baby names in 2015

Does your neighbourhood seem to be crawling with kids? It could be, as new figures from the NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages show.

The state’s baby hotspots have been revealed, with the majority found in Sydney’s west and south-west.

Blacktown is doing its best to boost the population, boasting the most babies born in any town or suburb for the third year in a row. There were 784 babies born to mothers living in Blacktown, Sydney’s most populous suburb, in 2015.

Parents in Auburn, Bankstown, Merrylands, Liverpool, Parramatta and Guildford also welcomed high numbers of newborns.

The most fertile towns were Orange and Dubbo, both in the central west, while Randwick – which registered 467 babies born last year – was the only place in Sydney’s east to make the top 10 list.

The figures are based on the mother’s home address at the time of birth, and the same suburbs are featuring in the top 10 baby hotspots every year, Births, Deaths and Marriages Registrar Amanda Ianna​ said.

“Clearly many parents believe the west is best when it comes to babies,” she said. “Over the past decade, western Sydney has been driving the state’s population growth as young families are drawn to affordable housing and employment opportunities.”

Tania Ejaz’s parents, migrants from Pakistan, were living in Blacktown when she was born last May. Her mother, Samia, said it was a nice community and housing was not too expensive for young families. “It’s good to live here,” she said. “It’s the most multicultural place.”

Dr Nick Parr, associate professor in demography at Macquarie University, said birth rates in different areas were influenced by factors including parents’ age, socio-economic status and ethnic background.

“The outer suburbs tend to have higher per-person birth rates than the inner suburbs,” he said. “That may be linked to housing affordability, but also the type of housing available is generally sufficiently spacious to allow for an expanding family. In the inner city there tend to be higher proportions of people who are single, or younger couples without children.”

Dr Parr said birth rates were generally lower in areas with higher socio-economic status. “The areas towards the centre of Sydney, in the eastern suburbs, and on Sydney’s north shore tend to have lower per-woman birth rates,” he said.

Many of the suburbs which have the most babies are also home to large migrant communities, and data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows markedly higher fertility rates for mothers born in some overseas countries.

The national fertility rate has dropped to a 10-year low and stands at 1.8 children per woman. But women born in Lebanon who give birth in Australia have an average of 4.03 children each. The figure is 3.4 for mothers born in Laos, 3.38 for Syrian-born mums, 3.26 for mothers born in Samoa and 3.02 for those born in Pakistan.

The total number of babies born in NSW fell from 96,853 in 2012 to 90,833 last year, according to registry records. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.