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Births : preliminary data for 2013
  • Published Date:
    May 29, 2014
  • Source:
    National vital statistics reports ; v. 63, no. 2
  • Language:
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center for Health Statistics (U.S.), Division of Vital Statistics. ; National Vital Statistics System (U.S.) ;
  • Series:
    National vital statistics reports
  • Document Type:
  • Description:
    DHHS publication ; no. (PHS) 99–1120

    Objectives: This report presents preliminary data for 2013 on births in the United States. U.S. data on births are shown by age, live-birth order, race, and Hispanic origin of mother. Data on marital status, cesarean delivery, preterm births, and low birthweight are also presented.

    Methods: Data in this report are based on 99.85% of 2013 births. Records for the few states with less than 100% of records received are weighted to independent control counts of all births received in state vital statistics offices in 2013. Comparisons are made with final 2012 data and earlier years.

    Results: The 2013 preliminary number of births for the United States was 3,957,577, slightly more births (4,736) than in 2012. The number of births increased or were unchanged for most race and Hispanic origin groups from 2012 to 2013; however, the number of births for Asian or Pacific Islander women declined 2% in 2013. The general fertility rate was 62.9 births per 1,000 women age 15-44 years, down slightly from 2012 and a record low. The birth rate for teens aged 15-19 declined 10% in 2013 to 26.6 births per 1,000 women, yet another historic low for the nation, with rates declining for both younger and older teenagers to record lows. The birth rate for women in their early twenties also declined in 2013, to a record low of 81.2 births per 1,000 women. Birth rates for women in their thirties and forties rose in 2013. The nonmarital birth rate was down 1% in 2013 to 44.8 births per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15-44; the number of births to unmarried women declined slightly, as did the percentage of births to unmarried women (40.6% in 2013). A small decline was seen in the cesarean delivery rate (32.7%). The preterm birth rate fell for the seventh year in a row to 11.38% in 2013. The low birthweight rate was essentially unchanged at 8.02%.

    A reformatted, typeset version of this report will replace the current version.

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