Health Indicator Report of Birth Rates
Birth rate is the number of live births in a given year per 1,000 persons in the total population. 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.
Birth Rates by Utah Small Area, 2013
Birth Rates by Utah Small Area, 2013
NotesTo get more information on Utah Small Area definitions, go to http://health.utah.gov/opha/IBIShelp/sarea/UtahSmallAreaInfo.pdf.
- Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
- Population estimates produced by staff in the UDOH Center for Health Data and Informatics. Linear interpolation of U.S. Census Bureau and ESRI ZIP Code data provided annual population estimates for ZIP Code areas by sex and age groups, IBIS Version 2013
DefinitionNumber of live births per 1,000 population.
NumeratorNumber of live births.
DenominatorNumber of persons in population.
How Are We Doing?In 2013, there were 50,913 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 17.6 per 1,000 Utahns. This represents a decrease from the 2012 birth rate of 18.0, 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 17.6 live births per 1,000 total population in 2013. The preliminary U.S. birth rate in 2013 of 12.5 per 1,000 population was considerably lower. The U.S. rate has also decreased slightly from the 2010 birth rate of 13.0 per 1,000. In the 2013 preliminary state ranking of birth rate data, Alaska had the next highest birth rate in the U.S. with 15.5 live births per 1,000 total population, compared to Utah's 17.6. New Hampshire reported the lowest birth rate in the U.S. in 2013 with 9.4 live births per 1,000 total population. In 2013, the preliminary U.S. birth rate for women aged 20-24 years was 81.2 births per 1,000 women, the lowest rate ever recorded for the United States, 2 percent lower than in 2012. The preliminary rate for women aged 25-29 years was 106.2 births per 1,000 women, less than 1 percent below the rate in 2012 and the lowest birth rate for women in this age group since 1976.
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 2013 indicate that the teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years of age decreased ten percent to 26.6. This represents the lowest teen birth rate in seven decades. The teenage birth rate has declined more than 3 percent per year since the recent peak in 1991 (61.8), and the pace of decline has accelerated since 2007. The rate has dropped 25 percent from 2007 (41.5) and 49 percent in the two decades from 1991 to 2012. Utah's teen birth rate also decreased to a rate of 20.6 in 2013. A variety of educational and prevention activities are targeted to decrease teen birth rates.
Available ServicesAccess to family planning services are available in Utah from several sources: community health centers, private providers, Title X clinics (Planned Parenthood Association of Utah), and at many city and county health departments. Utah law requires parental consent for unmarried minors to obtain contraception information and services from local health departments in Utah. Preconception health information is available from the Utah Department of Health. http://www.poweryourlife.org/
Page Content Updated On 11/05/2014, Published on 12/09/2014