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Births and Deaths

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The number of births and deaths, by county of residence, is counted from birth certificates and death certificates. The crude birth and death rates are calculated by dividing the number of births and deaths by an estimate of population. The estimates are not adjusted for differences in the age composition.

The numbers of births and deaths are presented on Arizona Indicators since 1970 for the United States, Arizona, and the 15 Arizona counties. Data prior to 1970 are available from the sources. Preliminary data are released monthly, but final counts are slow to be released.

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Data Quality Comments: 

The births and deaths data are believed to be an accurate count of the number born and dying in the United States.

iconCrude Birth Rate, 2012

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Visualization Notes:

The number of births per 1,000 residents was a little higher in Arizona (13.1) than the nation (12.6) in 2012. The crude birth rate ranged across Arizona, from 10 or less in La Paz, Mohave, and Yavapai counties — which have a high proportion of residents of retirement age — to more than 15 in Navajo and Yuma counties, which have a high share of residents of prime child-bearing age. The crude birth rate in Maricopa County is higher than the state’s figure, but the figures in Pima and Pinal counties, the other populous counties, are less than the U.S. average.

iconCrude Birth Rate

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The number of births per 1,000 residents has trended down for decades, but also follows the economic cycle, with higher crude birth rates during strong economic expansions and lower rates during and shortly after recessions. The crude rate peaked in 2006 nationally and in Arizona. Significant declines occurred from 2008 through 2010, related to the recession, with lesser decreases in 2011 and 2012. The decreases were especially large in Arizona, in part due to a very large decline among Hispanics.

iconCrude Death Rate, 2012

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The number of deaths per 1,000 residents was 7.4 in Arizona in 2012; the national data are not yet available. The crude death rate ranged across Arizona, from less than 6 in Coconino County — which has a low proportion of residents of retirement age — to more than 11 in Gila, La Paz, Mohave, and Yavapai counties, which have high shares of older residents. The crude death rate in Maricopa and Pinal counties is lower than the state’s figure, but the figure in Pima County, the other populous county, is above the state’s figure.

iconCrude Death Rate

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The number of deaths per 1,000 residents has slowly declined over time nationally and in Arizona. However, the figure has increased a bit in recent years nationally and in Arizona.