Saturday, June 24, 2023

Birth Rates in the Great Lakes Region

In 2021, there were nearly 3,664,300 births in the United States.  The five-state Great Lakes region recorded 508,687 births in 2021, or about 13.9% of all births in the U.S. that year.  With 10.78 births per 1,000 population, the Great Lakes' regional birth rate was about 2.4% lower than the national average birth rate.  Only one state in the region, Indiana, registered a birth rate in 2021 that exceeded the U.S. national average of 11.04 births per 1,000 population.  Further examination of state-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, provides the following details about birth rates in the Great Lakes region:

Birth Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Birth Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Area Name Births Population Birth Rate*
Illinois 132,189 12,671,469 10.43
Indiana 79,946 6,805,985 11.75
Michigan 104,980 10,050,811 10.44
Ohio 129,791 11,780,017 11.02
Wisconsin 61,781 5,895,908 10.48
     Region 508,687 47,204,190 10.78
U.S. 3,664,292 331,893,745 11.04

(*) number of births per 1,000 population

Report Period: 2021

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics System, Natality on CDC WONDER Online Database. Data are from the Natality Records 2016-2021, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on June 24, 2023

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