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Birth Rate By State

Birth Rate By State

Birth Rate in the U.S.

The birth rate is a crucial data point and contributes significantly to the overall understanding of a country's demographics. Birth rates, alongside mortality and migration rates, are critical in calculating population growth, which subsequently informs a plethora of social, economic, and policy decisions. 

  • Demonstrating a trend towards higher birth rates in the Midwest and the South institutions, Utah topped the chart for the highest birth rate (14.9) in the United States, followed by North Dakota (14.0), and Alaska (13.7). 
  • With a rate of 8.7, Vermont, in contrast, registered the lowest birth rate in the U.S.
  • The majority of the States lay within the range of 11.0 - 13.2 indicating a moderate birth rate. 
  • Despite its vast population, California stands with a birth rate of 11.5, sitting comfortably in the middle of the list.
  • The birth rate in several states in the Northeast, including New Hampshire (8.8), Maine (9.2), and Connecticut (9.7), was under 10 highlighting the lower nature of birth rates in this region.

States with the Highest Birth Rates

Leading our list for the States with the Highest Birth Rates is Utah with a birth rate of 14.9 per 1,000 population. This might be attributed to cultural variables in Utah, including the prevalence of family-oriented communities such as those associated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Next comes North Dakota, having a birth rate of 14 per 1,000 population, closely followed by Alaska that registers a birth rate of 13.7. Fourth on the list, we find South Dakota that counterparts its northern sibling with a birth rate of 13.5 per 1,000 population. Texas and Nebraska hold the fifth and sixth positions, with both states exhibiting a birth rate of 13.2.

Sitting at the seventh spot, Louisiana boasts of a 12.8 birth rate, followed by Oklahoma at 12.6. Ninth on this list is Kansas with a birth rate of 12.5, indicating a confluence of mid-range birth rates within central US states. The tenth state with the highest birth rate is Mississippi, having a rate of 12.4.

States with the Highest Birth Rates:

  1. Utah: 14.9
  2. North Dakota: 14
  3. Alaska: 13.7
  4. South Dakota: 13.5
  5. Texas: 13.2
  6. Nebraska: 13.2
  7. Louisiana: 12.8
  8. Oklahoma: 12.6
  9. Kansas: 12.5
  10. Mississippi: 12.4

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