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Important Facts for General Fertility Rate


Number of live births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years.


Number of live births.


Total number of women aged 15-44 years in the population.

Data Interpretation Issues

The age range can be slightly different, so it is important to note what age range is being used especially if comparison with other rates is contemplated.

Why Is This Important?

The general fertility rate is a more precise measure of tracking birth rate patterns among Utah and U.S. women than is the crude birth rate. While the crude birth rate and the general fertility rate both look at the total number of live births among the population, the crude birth rate is calculated using the total population including the young, old, male, and female. The general fertility rate is calculated using only females of reproductive age - defined as ages 15 through 44 years - residing in Utah during a specified time period. This results in a more sensitive indicator with which to study population growth and change.

How Are We Doing?

Utah's general fertility rate has decreased from a high of 95.6 live births per 1,000 women aged 15 through 44 years of age in 2007 to 72.0 in 2017.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The provisional 2017 general fertility rate for the United States was 60.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44, a decline of 3% from the rate in 2016 (62.0) and a record low rate for the country. In 2017, Utah's general fertility rate of 72.0 was higher than the U.S. general fertility rate.

What Is Being Done?

Addressing the overall high fertility rate is outside of the public health domain as this is a cultural indicator. However, family planning services are available in Utah from several sources: community and private providers, Title X clinics (Planned Parenthood Association of Utah), and some 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.
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Content updated: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:03:27 MDT