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., 2005-2015
- 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 2015
- National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Data NotesU.S. preliminary 2015 data are the latest available. Utah birth rate for 2015 is from final data.
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.
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.
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 03/15/2017