TOPEKA -- The Kansas 2011 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics is now available. This report contains information on births, deaths, marriages, divorces, abortions and stillbirths. It is a valuable tool for public health program evaluation and community health assessment. The Annual Summary has been published in October or November for the past 10 years by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
The most notable change for 2011 was the decline in the Kansas birth rate to 13.8 live births per 1,000 population, the lowest level recorded since the Kansas Vital Records system was established in 1912. This is slightly lower than the previous low of 13.9 live births per 1,000 population in 1973, during the “baby bust” years. The number of live births to Kansas resident mothers in 2011 was 39,628, down two percent from 40,439 in 2010.
There were 3,545 live births in 2011 to Kansas resident mothers under the age of twenty, down 8.6 percent from 3,879 live births to Kansas resident mothers in this age group in 2010. Births to mothers under twenty were 8.9% of all resident births in 2011, down from 9.6% in 2010.
Other notable findings from 2011 include:
There were 25,114 Kansas resident deaths in 2011, an increase of 2.8 percent from 24,428 deaths recorded in 2010. The crude death rate increased slightly, from 8.6 per 1,000 population in 2010 to 8.7 per 1,000 population in 2011. The age-adjusted death rate increased also increased slightly, from 7.6 per 1,000 population in 2010 to 7.7 per 1,000 population in 2011, well below the 8.7 per 1,000 population calculated for 1993, the highest age-adjusted death rate in the last twenty years.
Among the ten leading causes of death for Kansas residents, cancer once again replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death. Unintentional injuries and pneumonia/influenza each rose one level in the ranking, becoming the fourth and eighth leading causes respectively.
There were 247 infant deaths to Kansas residents in 2011, a decrease of 2.4 percent from 253 infant deaths in 2010. This continues the decrease in infant deaths noted in 2010, though at a slower pace.
Pregnancy associated maternal deaths increased to 24 in 2011 from 19 in 2010.
The number of reported abortions fell from 8,373 in 2010 to 7,885 in 2011. The resident abortion ratio of 99.6 abortions per 1,000 live births is the lowest since abortion reporting began in 1971.
(The full vital statistics summary report is available at http://www.kdheks.gov/hci/annsumm.html.)