Table 1.

Vital Statistics of the United States, Final 1915–1996 (Selected Years) and Preliminary 1997

ItemNumberRate*
1997199619951997199619951990198019501915
Live births3 894 9703 891 4943 899 58914.614.714.816.715.924.129.5
 Fertility rate65.365.365.670.968.4106.2125.0
Deaths2 314 7382 314 6902 312 1328.68.78.88.68.89.613.2
 Age-adjusted rate4.84.95.05.25.98.414.4
Natural increase1 580 2321 576 8041 587 4575.95.96.08.17.114.516.3
Infant mortality27 69128 48729 5837.17.37.69.212.629.299.9
Population base (in thousands)267 636265 284262 755248 710226 546150 697100 546
  • * Rates per 1000 population except for fertility, which is per 1000 women 15 to 44 years of age and infant mortality, which is per 1000 live births.

  • Birth rate 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. Infant death rate is for birth registration area. Note: Populations are as of July 1 for 1995, 1996, and 1997, and as of April 1 in 1950, 1980, and 1990. Population for 1915 is the midyear estimate based on the April 15, 1910, census.

    Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System and the US Bureau of the Census.