Monday, June 26, 2023

Birth Rates in the Great Plains Region

In 2021, approximately 3,664,300 births were recorded in the United States.  The seven-state Great Plains region registered 251,508 births in 2021, or about 6.9% of total births in the U.S. that year.  With 11.62 births per 1,000 population, the Great Plains' regional birth rate was nearly 5.3% higher than the national average birth rate.  Moreover, all seven states in the region recorded a birth rate in 2021 that was above the national average of 11.04 births per 1,000 population.  Three states in the region (Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota) experienced 2021 birth rates that topped the national average by more than 13%. An 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

Area Name Births Population Birth Rate*
Iowa 36,835 3,193,079 11.54
Kansas 34,705 2,934,582 11.83
Minnesota 64,425 5,707,390 11.29
Missouri 69,453 6,168,187 11.26
Nebraska 24,609 1,963,692 12.53
North Dakota 10,112 774,948 13.05
South Dakota 11,369 895,376 12.70
     Region 251,508 21,637,254 11.62
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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