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.
Birth Rates, Utah and U.S., 2006-2016
- Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
- Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2016
- National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Data NotesU.S. Final 2016 data. Utah birth rate for 2016 is from final data.
How Are We Doing?In 2016, there were 50,242 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 16.5 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.
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 15.4 in 2016. A variety of educational and prevention activities are targeted to decrease teen birth rates.
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 01/31/2018