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Health Indicator Report of Birth Rates

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, 2018

Birth Rates by Utah Small Area, 2018


To get more information on Utah Small Area definitions, go to [].

Data Sources

  • 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 2018
  • Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Number of live births per 1,000 population.


Number of live births.


Number of persons in population.

How Are We Doing?

In 2018, there were 47,211 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 14.9 per 1,000 Utahns. This is a 5% decrease from the 2017 birth rate of 15.6, 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 14.9 live births per 1,000 total population in 2018. The final U.S. birth rate in 2018 of 11.6 per 1,000 population was lower than the Utah rate. The U.S. birth rate decreased from the 2017 rate of 11.8.

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 2018 indicate that the teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years of age was 17.4, a historic low for the country. The rate was down 7% from 2017 (18.8). The rate was down by 55% or nearly 8% per year since 2007 (41.5), the most recent period of continued decline, and 70% (or 4% per year) since 1991, the most recent peak. The Utah teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years also decreased to a rate of 13.1 in 2018. 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, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah clinic, and private providers. Utah law requires parental consent for unmarried minors to obtain contraception information and services from community health centers and clinics. A 2018 Utah law allows pharmacies to dispense three types of contraception - pills, patch, or ring - through a standing order signed by the executive director of the Utah Department of Health. Women who are are 18 years and older can go to any participating pharmacy to receive her pills, patch, or ring directly from the pharmacist. For more information and to see a list of participating pharmacies see []. Preconception and interpregnancy health information is available from the Utah Department of Health. [] Follow Power Your Life on:[[br]] Facebook: [][[br]] Pinterest: [][[br]] Instagram: []
Page Content Updated On 10/21/2019, Published on 11/06/2019
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Content updated: Wed, 6 Nov 2019 16:38:22 MST