Saturday, August 13, 2022

Birth Rates in New England

In 2020, there were approximately 3,613,600 births recorded in the United States.  About 3.8% of U.S. births that year were recorded in the six-state New England region.  With 9.32 births per 1,000 population, a rate that was about 15% below the national average, New England had the lowest regional birth rate in the nation in 2020.  In fact, every state in the region recorded a birth rate that was at least 12% below the national average.  A dive into state-level data from the National Center for Health Statistics details the following about birth rates in New England:

Birth Rates in New England

Birth Rates in New England

State Births Population Birth Rate*
Connecticut 33,460 3,557,006 9.41
Maine 11,539 1,350,141 8.55
Massachusetts 66,428 6,893,574 9.64
New Hampshire 11,791 1,366,275 8.63
Rhode Island 10,101 1,057,125 9.56
Vermont 5,133 623,347 8.23
     Region 138,452 14,847,468 9.32
U.S. Totals 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 10, 2022

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