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Births by Sex and Sex Ratio

The following table shows the number and ratio of live births in the United States from 1983 to 2008, according to the sex and race of each birth.

  Total1 White2 Black2
Year Male Female Males per
1,000 females
Male Female Males per
1,000 females
Male Female Males per
1,000 females
1983 1,865,553 1,773,380 1,052 1,492,385 1,411,865 1,057 297,011 289,016 1,028
1984 1,879,490 1,789,651 1,050 1,500,326 1,423,176 1,054 300,951 291,794 1,031
1985 1,927,983 1,832,578 1,052 1,536,646 1,454,727 1,056 308,575 299,618 1,030
1986 1,924,868 1,831,679 1,051 1,523,914 1,446,525 1,053 315,788 305,433 1,034
1987 1,951,153 1,858,241 1,050 1,535,517 1,456,971 1,054 325,259 316,308 1,028
1988 2,002,424 1,907,086 1,050 1,562,675 1,483,487 1,053 341,441 330,535 1,033
1989 2,069,490 1,971,468 1,050 1,606,757 1,525,234 1,053 360,131 349,264 1,031
1990 2,129,495 2,028,717 1,050 1,654,928 1,570,415 1,054 367,455 357,121 1,029
1991 2,101,518 2,009,389 1,046 1,659,077 1,582,196 1,049 346,455 336,147 1,031
1992 2,082,097 1,982,917 1,050 1,641,811 1,559,867 1,053 342,726 330,907 1,036
1993 2,048,861 1,951,379 1,050 1,616,332 1,533,501 1,054 333,984 324,891 1,028
1994 2,022,589 1,930,178 1,048 1,599,803 1,521,401 1,051 322,554 313,837 1,028
1995 1,996,355 1,930,234 1,049 1,588,427 1,510,458 1,052 308,115 297,024 1,031
1996 1,990,480 1,901,014 1,047 1,050 1,028
1997 1,985,596 1,895,298 1,048 1,052 1,031
1998 2,016,205 1,925,348 1,047 1,052 1,034
1999 2,026,854 1,932,563 1,049 1,052 1,031
2000 2,076,969 1,981,845 1,048 1,050 1,031
2001 2,057,922 1,968,011 1,046 1,047 1,032
2002 2,057,979 1,963,747 1,048 1,054 1,032
2003 2,093,535 1,996,415 1,049 1,050 1,036
2008 2,173,000 2,074,000 1,050 1,050 1,033
NOTES: Excludes births to nonresidents of U.S. (—) Data not available.
1. Includes races other than white and black.
2. Race of child through 1990. Race of mother from 1991.
Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report. Web: www.cdc.gov/nchs .

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