TABLE 1

Vital Statistics of the United States: 1915–2004 (Selected Years)

nRatea
2004200320002004200320001990198019501915b
Live births4 115 5904 089 9504 058 81414.014.114.416.715.924.129.5
Fertility rate66.366.165.970.968.4106.2125.0
Deaths2 443 9082 403 3518.48.58.68.89.613.2
Age-adjusted rate8.38.79.410.414.521.7
Natural increase1 646 0421 655 4635.75.98.17.114.516.3
Infant mortality28 42828 0356.96.99.212.629.299.9
Population base (in thousands)293 655290 810281 422248 710226 546150 697100 546
  • Birth data for 2004 and mortality and infant mortality data for 2003 are preliminary. Birth data for 2003, all data for 2002, and data for earlier years are final. Populations are as of July 1 for 2002, 2003, and 2004 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 were revised by using populations based on the 2000 census and may differ from rates previously published.2 — indicates that data are not available. Source: 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, and infant mortality, which is per 1000 live births.

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