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Important Facts for Birth Rates

Definition

Number of live births per 1,000 population.

Numerator

Number of live births.

Denominator

Number of persons in population.

Why Is This Important?

Tracking birth rate patterns among Utah and U.S. women as a whole is critical to understanding population growth and change in this country and in Utah. Birth rates directly relate to a population's need for timely and appropriate preconception, prenatal, neonatal, and postpartum care.

How Are We Doing?

In 2016, there were 50,486 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 16.6 per 1,000 Utahns. This is a slight decrease from the 2015 birth rate of 17.0, and ultimately, the lowest birth rate in a decade.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah continued to report the highest birth rate in the U.S. with 16.6 live births per 1,000 total population in 2016. The final U.S. birth rate in 2016 of 12.2 per 1,000 population was considerably lower. The U.S birth rate decreased from the 2015 rate of 12.4.

What Is Being Done?

Having an overall high birth rate is not a risk factor for poor health outcomes. However, elevated teen pregnancy rates are a concern as these pregnancies are considered to be at higher risk. The final U.S. data for 2016 indicate that the teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years of age was 20.3, a historic low for the country. The rate was down 9% from 2015 (22.3). Since 2009, the teen birth rate has fallen to a new low each year. The rate for this group has declined 51% since 2007, which was the most recent high at 41.5, and 67% since the 1991 high (61.8). Utah's teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years also decreased to a rate of 15.6 in 2016. A variety of educational and prevention activities are targeted to decrease teen birth rates.
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Content updated: Mon, 30 Apr 2018 09:41:05 MDT