TOPEKA -- The Kansas 2010 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 2010 was the decrease in the number of infant deaths. “Though 253 deaths among infants remains unacceptable, it is encouraging that 2010 marks the third consecutive year of lower infant deaths in Kansas,” said Robert Moser, MD, KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. Fewer infant deaths were reported in 2010 than in any year since vital records were first collected in 1911; though, the infant death rate in the state, at 6.3 per 1,000 live births, is just now approaching the average rate in the U.S. Kansas continues to see considerable disparity in infant deaths.
Yearly fluctuations in the rankings can be expected, and the 10 leading causes of death were the same in 2010 as they were in 2009. Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, kidney disease, and suicide remain the top killers in Kansas.
One hundred years ago, in 1911, the top killers were heart disease, tuberculosis, kidney disease, violent deaths other than suicide, pneumonia, congenital debility and malformations, diarrhea and enteritis, cerebral hemorrhage, and cancer. Overall, chronic diseases account for a substantially higher proportion of deaths today than they did at the beginning of the last century.
Other highlights from 2010 include:
The average age at death among Kansans in 2010 was 74.1 years.
The number of deaths to Kansas residents increased 1.8 % in 2010, rising from 23,997 in 2009 to 24,428, reflecting an overall decline in the state’s age-adjusted death rate over the past 20 years. This average is 8.9% higher than the estimated US death rate of 7.9% per 1,000.
Kansas resident births (40,439) decreased by 2.3% from the 41,388 births in 2009. The resident birth rate of 14.2 births per 1,000 population in 2010, last peaked in 2007 at 15.1.
The number of marriages dropped slightly in 2010 to 18,150 from 18,268 in 2009. The number of marriage dissolution (divorces and annulments) in Kansas increased in 2010 to 10,579 from 10,333 in 2009.
Population Density of Kansas was 34.9 inhabitants per sq. mile a 14.4 % increase. 36 of Kansas’ 105 counties had population densities of less than 6 persons per square mile. The most densely populated county was Johnson with 1,149.6 persons per square mile.
Overall, 97,987 vital events either occurred to Kansans (birth, death, stillbirth, abortion) or occurred in Kansas (marriage and marriage dissolution).
The full vital statistics summary report is available at http://www.kdheks.gov/hci/annsumm.html. The tables and charts contained in this report represent only a glimpse of the insight that can be gained from the data reported on live births, deaths, stillbirths, marriages, marriage dissolutions (divorce and annulment) and abortions recorded annually.
Persons needing additional data can call 296-8627 or go to http://kic.kdhe.state.ks.us/kic/ the Kansas Information for Communities (KIC), a health information portal with health data you can query and links to many other data reports and information.