Kansas Birth Rate Up, Death Rate Down in 2007

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas birth rate was up last year, while the death rate was down.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment released its vital statistics for 2007 on Monday. It showed the birth rate was up nearly 3 percent over the previous year. The death rate dropped by three-tenths of a percent for the same period.

The health department said the state averaged 115 live births and 67 deaths each day last year.

It also said the state averaged 52 marriages and 26 divorces each day, an increase in both categories over 2006.

Meanwhile, the state average for abortions dropped to 30 each day.

KDHE says the vital statistics report is used as a baseline document in assessing the health of people in Kansas. It is used by program managers, epidemiologists, and other researchers for targeted studies and more specialized evaluations by the public, policy makers, and by federal, state, and local governments.

Among other findings:
*In 2007, a total of 41,951 births were registered to Kansas residents, 1,055 more than in 2006. The number of births in 2007 is the highest reported since 1981 (41,202).

Addison and Aiden were the most popular names given to newborns by Kansas parents in 2007. For the second consecutive year, the top name for both girls and boys is not gender-specific.

•The percent of Kansas resident live births where the mother received adequate prenatal care was 77.3 percent in 2007. This compares with 78.4 percent in 2006.

•Out-of-wedlock births in Kansas followed the national trend, increasing to 36.4 percent of live births (15,252 out of 41,951).

•In 2007, the teen pregnancy rate for Kansas was 27.8 per 1,000 female ages 10-19. This compares with 27.1 in 2006. The rate for Hispanic teens (ages 10-19) continues to be higher than that for other racial and ethnic groups.

•Almost half of the abortions performed in Kansas occurred to non-Kansans. The abortion ratio, since reaching a peak of 186.3 per 1,000 live births in 1996, has generally declined by 27.3 percent to 135.4 per 1,000 live births in 2007.

•In 2007, a total of 333 infants died before reaching their first birthdays - 40 more deaths than in 2006 (293). This is the highest number reported in the past 20 years.

* With a black infant mortality rate (BIMR) of 19.6 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2007, the BIMR for Kansas remains over two times the rate for any other racial or ethnic group.

•Between 1999 and 2007, the age-adjusted death rate for heart disease, the leading cause of death for Kansans, decreased by nearly 25 percent (24.8).

•Marriage and marriage dissolution rates have dropped by a quarter and nearly a third, respectively, since 1988.

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