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, Utah and U.S., 2011-2021
NotesU.S. final 2021 data. Utah's birth rate for 2021 is from the final data.
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on-line data - CDC WONDER
- The population estimates used linear interpolation of U.S. Census Bureau, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, and ESRI ZIP Code data for annual population estimates for ZIP Code areas by sex and age groups, IBIS Version 2021
- Utah Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health and Human Services
- National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DefinitionNumber of live births per 1,000 population.
NumeratorNumber of live births.
DenominatorNumber of persons in population.
How Are We Doing?In 2021, there were 46,719 live births to Utah residents, a rate of 14.0 per 1,000 Utahns. The rate has steadily declined in the last decade, from 18.2 per 1,000 Utahns in 2011 to 14.0 in 2021.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Utah continued to report a higher birth rate than the U.S., with 14.0 live births per 1,000 total population in 2021. The final U.S. birth rate in 2021 was 11.0 per 1,000 population, compared to 10.9 in 2020.
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. birth rate for teenagers aged 15-19 in the United States in 2021 was 13.9 births per 1,000 females, down 7% from 2020 (15.0) and another record low. The Utah teen birth rate for those 15 through 19 years also decreased to a rate of 9.2 in 2021. A variety of educational and prevention activities are targeted to decrease teen birth rates.
Available ServicesAccess to family planning services are available in Utah from several sources: community health centers, Planned Parenthood Association of Utah, Family Planning Elevated, pharmacies, 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 statewide standing order issued by the Utah Department of Health. People 18 years and older can go to any participating pharmacy to receive their pills, patch, or ring directly from the pharmacist. For more information and to see a list of participating pharmacies, see [https://mihp.utah.gov/birthcontrol]. Beginning January 1, 2022, a pharmacist may prescribe self-administered hormonal contraception - pills, patch, or ring - to people 18 years and older. Contact your pharmacist for more information. Preconception and pregnancy health information is available from the Utah Department of Health and Human Services Maternal and Infant Health Program. [https://mihp.utah.gov/] Follow Power Your Life on:[[br]] Facebook: [https://www.facebook.com/poweryourlifeut][[br]] Instagram: [https://www.instagram.com/poweryourlifeut/]
Page Content Updated On 02/01/2023, Published on 02/01/2023