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, 2014
Birth Rates by Utah Small Area, 2014
NotesTo get more information on Utah Small Area definitions, go to [http://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/resource/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 2014
DefinitionNumber of live births per 1,000 population.
NumeratorNumber of live births.
DenominatorNumber of persons in population.
How Are We Doing?In 2014, there were 51,164 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 17.4 per 1,000 Utahns. This is a slight decrease from the 2013 birth rate of 17.5, 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 17.4 live births per 1,000 total population in 2014. The preliminary U.S. birth rate in 2014 of 12.5 per 1,000 population was considerably lower. The U.S. rate has essentially stayed the same from the 2013 rate of 12.4. In the 2014 preliminary state ranking of birth rate data, Alaska and North Dakota had the next highest birth rates in the U.S. with both states having a rate of 15.4 live births per 1,000 total population, compared to Utah's 17.4. New Hampshire reported the lowest birth rate in the U.S. in 2014 with 9.3 live births per 1,000 total population. In 2014, the preliminary U.S. birth rate for women aged 20-24 years was 79.0 births per 1,000 women, down 2% from the rate in 2013 of 80.7, reaching yet another record low for the nation. The preliminary rate for women aged 25-29 years was 105.7 births per 1,000 women, essentially unchanged from the 2013 rate of 105.5. Since 2008, the rate of for women in this age group has declined more than 1% a year. The number of births to women in their late 20s increased 2% from 2013 to 2014.
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 2014 indicate that the teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years of age was 24.2. The rate was down 9% from 2013 (26.5) and has declined more than 7% per year since 2007. Since the most recent peak in 1991 (61.8), the rate has declined a total of 61%. Utah's teen birth rate also decreased to a rate of 19.5 in 2014. 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 and interpregnancy health information is available from the Utah Department of Health. [http://www.poweryourlife.org/]
Page Content Updated On 12/10/2015, Published on 12/15/2015