For Immediate Release
November 17, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas 2010 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics Now Available

Topeka - The Kansas 2010 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics is now available. This report contains information on births, deaths, marriages, divorces, abortions and stillbirths. It is a valuable tool for public health program evaluation and community health assessment. The Annual Summary has been published in October or November for the past 10 years by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

The most notable change for 2010 was the decrease in the number of infant deaths. “Though 253 deaths among infants remains unacceptable, it is encouraging that 2010 marks the third consecutive year of lower infant deaths in Kansas,” said Robert Moser, MD, KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. Fewer infant deaths were reported in 2010 than in any year since vital records were first collected in 1911; though, the infant death rate in the state, at 6.3 per 1,000 live births, is just now approaching the average rate in the U.S. Kansas continues to see considerable disparity in infant deaths.

Yearly fluctuations in the rankings can be expected, and the 10 leading causes of death were the same in 2010 as they were in 2009.  Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, cerebrovascular disease (stroke), unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, kidney disease, and suicide remain the top killers in Kansas. 

One hundred years ago, in 1911, the top killers were heart disease, tuberculosis, kidney disease, violent deaths other than suicide, pneumonia, congenital debility and malformations, diarrhea and enteritis, cerebral hemorrhage, and cancer.  Overall, chronic diseases account for a substantially higher proportion of deaths today than they did at the beginning of the last century.

Other highlights from 2010 include:

Overall, 97,987 vital events either occurred to Kansans (birth, death, stillbirth, abortion) or occurred in Kansas (marriage and marriage dissolution).
The full vital statistics summary report is available at  The tables and charts contained in this report represent only a glimpse of the insight that can be gained from the data reported on live births, deaths, stillbirths, marriages, marriage dissolutions (divorce and annulment) and abortions recorded annually. Persons needing additional data can call 785- 296-8627 or go to the Kansas Information for Communities (KIC), a health information portal with health data you can query and links to many other data reports and information.