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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, 2015


Birth Rates by Utah Small Area, 2015

Notes

To get more information on Utah Small Area definitions, go to [http://ibis.health.utah.gov/pdf/resource/UtahSmallAreaInfo.pdf].

Data Sources

  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population estimates produced by 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 2015

Definition

Number of live births per 1,000 population.

Numerator

Number of live births.

Denominator

Number of persons in population.

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.

Available Services

Access 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 11/03/2016, Published on 11/28/2016
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