Saturday, July 30, 2022

Birth Rates in the Great Plains Region

In 2020, approximately 3,613,600 births were recorded in the United States.  The seven-state Great Plains region registered 248,528 births in 2020, or about 6.9% of total births in the U.S. that year.  With 11.57 births per 1,000 population, the Great Plains' regional birth rate was nearly 5.5% higher than the national average birth rate.  All seven states in the region recorded a birth rate in 2020 that was above the national average.  Additional review of data from the National Center for Health Statistics provides the following state-level details about birth rates in the Great Plains region:

Birth Rates in the Great Plains Region

Birth Rates in the Great Plains Region

State Births Population Birth Rate*
Iowa 36,114 3,163,561 11.42
Kansas 34,376 2,913,805 11.80
Minnesota 63,443 5,657,342 11.21
Missouri 69,285 6,151,548 11.26
Nebraska 24,291 1,937,552 12.54
North Dakota 10,059 765,309 13.14
South Dakota 10,960 892,717 12.28
     Region 248,528 21,481,834 11.57
U.S. 3,613,647 329,484,123 10.97

(*) number of births per 1,000 population

Report Period: 2020

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 2016-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on July 29, 2022

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