Table 1.

Vital Statistics of the United States, Final 1915–1997 (Selected Years) and Preliminary 1998

ItemNumberRate*
1998199719961998199719961990198019501915
Live births3 944 0463 880 8943 891 49414.614.514.716.715.924.129.5
 Fertility rate65.665.065.370.968.4106.2125.0
Deaths2 338 0702 314 2452 314 6908.78.68.78.68.89.613.2
 Age-adjusted rate4.74.84.95.25.98.414.4
Natural increase1 605 9761 566 6491 576 8045.95.95.98.17.114.516.3
Infant mortality28 48628 04528 4877.27.27.39.212.629.299.9
Population base (in thousands)270 299267 636265 284248 710226 542150 697100 546
  • * 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.

  • 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 1996, 1997, and 1998, 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.