TABLE 1.

Vital Statistics of the United States, 1915–2002 (Selected Years)

NumberRate*
2002200120002002200120001990198019501915
Live births4 019 2804 025 9334 058 81413.914.114.416.715.924.129.5
 Fertility rate64.865.365.970.968.4106.2125.0
Deaths2 436 0002 416 4252 403 3518.48.58.58.68.89.613.2
 Age-adjusted rateNA8.58.79.410.414.521.7
Natural increase1 583 2801 609 5081 655 4635.55.75.98.17.114.516.3
Infant mortality27 60027 56828 0356.96.86.99.212.629.299.9
Population base (in thousands)288 369284 797281 422248 710226 546150 697100 546
  • NA indicates data not available.

    Birth data for 2002 are preliminary; mortality and infant mortality data for 2002 are provisional. All data for 2001 and earlier years are final. Populations are as of July 1 for 2001 and 2002 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. Rates for 2000–2001 have been revised using populations based on the 2000 census and may differ from rates previously published.4,17

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

  • * Rates per 1000 population except for fertility, which is per 1000 women 15 to 44 years old 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. IMR is for birth registration area.