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State’s vital statistics released for 2005

April 5, 2007

The 2005 Annual Summary of Kansas Vital Statistics is the latest edition of a report released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that serves as the baseline document used to assess the health of Kansans. The tables and charts contained in this report represent a portion of the insight that can be gained from the data reported on births, stillbirths, deaths, marriages, marriage dissolutions and abortions recorded. Some of the highlights from the report include:

  • Emma and Aiden topped the list of most popular baby names for Kansas resident births.
  • Out-of-wedlock births (primarily to 15-24 year old mothers) followed national trends increasing to a record high.
  • Although teen pregnancy rates increased slightly in 2005, rates have generally declined for the past decade. Among major population groups, Hispanic teens exhibit the highest pregnancy rate (53.0 per 1,000 female age-group population).
  • Almost half of the abortions performed in Kansas occurred to non-Kansans. Slightly over half of the Kansans seeking abortions were 15-24 years old.
  • The black infant death rate (17.3 per 1,000 live births) continues to be over two times higher than the rate for whites (6.3 per 1,000 live births).
  • Cancer and heart disease account for almost half of the deaths in 2005. However, unintentional injuries remain the leading cause of death for Kansans 1-44 years of age.
  • Kansans are continuing to delay marriage. The percent of brides under age 20 decreased from 12 percent in 1996 to 8 percent in 2005; for grooms the decrease was from 4.6 to 3.2 percent.
  • Between 2001 and 2005, 79 of Kansas' 105 counties experienced a loss in population
  • The 2005 Annual Summary is available in a PDF format at http://www.kdheks.gov/ches/index.html. Requests for single, printed copies of the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics should be made to the KDHE, Center for Health and Environmental Statistics, Office of Health Assessment at (785) 296-8627.

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