For Immediate Release
August 3, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE Data on Births, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces for 2010 Now Online

Topeka - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued the first set of annual statistical tables for 2010 vital events. 

The Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics (BEPHI) has compiled a set of tables representing the 25 most frequently requested tables of statistics on births, deaths, marriages and divorces. These tables are available at http://kic.kdhe.state.ks.us/kic/OHA/anntable10.html. Birth and death statistics are based on residence data and marriage and divorce statistics are based on occurrence data.

BEPHI has also created a new page with maps of selected regional groupings of counties. Bureau statistics are frequently based on these county groupings. In light of the new census data, the population density peer groups have been revised to reflect changes in county population statistics. Maps are available online at: http://kic.kdhe.state.ks.us/kic/OHA/ksmap.html.

The Office of Vital Statistics maintains more than 10 million vital records, adding approximately 100,000 new records annually. Over 360,000 certified copies of these records are issued to eligible requestors annually. The records maintained by this office are necessary for individuals to carry out day-to-day business such as obtaining passports, enrolling in schools, sports participation, starting new jobs, qualifying for subsidized housing, collecting life insurance benefits and transferring property.

Data from the records also has important public health and social research significance. The data, considered the "gold standard" of public health data, can help determine which diseases and illnesses are problems in Kansas communities. For information on health care data and statistics, click here.

If you have questions about the annual tables or regional maps, please contact KDHE at Kansas.Health.Statistics@kdheks.govor call Greg Crawford at (785) 296-8627.