TABLE 1

Vital Statistics of the United States, Selected Years: 1915–2008 (Final) and 2009 Birth (Final) and Death (Preliminary)

NumberRatea
2009200820002009200820001990198019501915b
Live births4 130 6654 247 6944 058 81413.514.014.416.715.924.129.5
Fertility rateNANANA66.768.665.970.968.4106.2125.0
Deaths2 436 6822 471 9842 403 3517.98.18.58.68.89.613.2
Age-adjusted rateNANANA7.47.68.79.410.414.521.7
Natural increase1 693 9831 775 7101 655 4635.55.85.98.17.114.516.3
Infant mortality26 53128 05928 0356.426.616.899.212.629.299.9
Population base (in thousands)NANANA307 007304 060281 422248 710226 546150 697100 546
  • 2009 data for births are final. Data for 2008 and all earlier years are final. Populations are as of July 1 for 2008 and 2009, and as of April 1 in 1950, 1980, 1990, and 2000. Population for 1915 is the midyear estimate based on the April 15, 1910, census. NA, not applicable. Data sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, and the US Census Bureau.

  • a Rates per 1000 population, except for fertility, which is per 1000 women aged 15 to 44 years of age, and infant mortality, which is per 1000 live births.

  • b Birth rate was adjusted to include states not in registration area (10 states and the District of Columbia when started in 1915). Death rate is for death registration area. The IMR is for birth registration area.