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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 2015, there were 50,776 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 16.95 per 1,000 Utahns. This is a decrease from the 2014 birth rate of 17.4, 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 16.95 live births per 1,000 total population in 2015. The preliminary U.S. birth rate in 2015 of 12.9 per 1,000 population was considerably lower. The U.S. rate increased from the 2014 rate of 12.5. In 2015, the preliminary U.S. birth rate for women aged 20-24 years was 76.9 births per 1,000 women, down 3% from the rate in 2014 of 79.0, reaching yet another record low for the nation. The preliminary rate for women aged 25-29 years was 104.3 births per 1,000 women, dropping 1% from the 2014 rate of 105.8. The number of births to women in their late 20s increased 1% from 2014 to 2015.

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 preliminary U.S. data for 2015 indicate that the teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years of age was 22.3, a historic low for the country. The rate was down 8% from 2014 (24.2) and has declined more than 46% since 2007. Since the most recent peak in 1991 (61.8), the rate has declined a total of 64%. Utah's teen birth rate also decreased to a rate of 17.6 in 2015. A variety of educational and prevention activities are targeted to decrease teen birth rates.
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Content updated: Fri, 26 May 2017 10:19:43 MDT