TABLE 1

Vital Statistics of the United States: 1915–2006 (Selected Years)

NumberRatea
2006200520002006200520001990198019501915b
Live births4 265 9964 138 3494 058 81414.214.014.416.715.924.129.5
    Fertility rateNANANA68.566.765.970.968.4106.2125.0
Deaths2 447 9032 403 3518.38.58.68.89.613.2
    Age-adjusted rateNANANA8.08.79.410.414.521.7
Natural increase1 690 4461 655 4635.75.98.17.114.516.3
Infant mortality28 53428 0356.896.899.212.629.299.9
Population base (in thousands)NANANA299 398296 410281 422248 710226 546150 697100 546
  • Birth data for 2006 and death data for 2005 are preliminary. Birth, mortality, and infant mortality data for 2004 and all data for earlier years are final. Populations are as of July 1 for 2005 and 2006 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 indicates not applicable; —, data are not available.

  • a Rates per 1000 population except for fertility, which is per 1000 women aged 15 to 44 years, 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.

  • Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, and the US Census Bureau.