Saturday, August 6, 2022

Birth Rates in the Southwestern U.S.

In 2020, there were more than 3,613,600 births in the United States.  The four-state Southwestern U.S. region accounted for 514,663 births in 2020, or about 14% of all births in the U.S. that year.  With 12.01 births per 1,000 population, the Southwestern U.S. regional birth rate was 9.5% higher than the national average birth rate.  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 Southwestern U.S.:

Birth Rates in the Southwestern U.S.

Birth Rates in the Southwestern U.S.

State Births Population Birth Rate*
Arizona 76,947 7,421,401 10.37
New Mexico 21,903 2,106,319 10.40
Oklahoma 47,623 3,980,783 11.96
Texas 368,190 29,360,759 12.54
     Region 514,663 42,869,262 12.01
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 August 5, 2022

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