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Births and Birth Rates

The following table shows the number of live births and the birth rate in the United States between 1910 and 2012.

Year Births1
(thousands)
Birth rate per
1,000 population1
1910 2,777 30.1
1920 2,950 27.7
1930 2,618 21.3
1940 2,559 19.4
1950 3,632 24.1
1960 4,258 23.7
1970 3,731 18.4
1980 3,612 15.9
1990 4,158 16.7
1995 3,900 14.6
2000 4,059 14.4
2001 4,026 14.1
2002 4,021 13.9
2003 4,091 14.1
2004 4,116 14.0
2005 4,140 14.0
2007 4,316 14.3
2009 4,130 13.5
2012 3,952 12.6
NOTE: n.a. = not available.
1. Prior to 1960 data adjusted for under registration.
Source: 1900–1970, U.S. Public Health Service, Vital Statistics of the United States, annual, Vol. I and Vol II; 1971–2001, U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics of the United States, annual; National Vital Statistics Report (NVSR) (formerly Monthly Vital Statistics Report); and unpublished data. Web: NVSS.

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