For Immediate Release
November 1, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Kansas 2011 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics Now Available

TOPEKA - The Kansas 2011 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 2011 was the decline in the Kansas birth rate to 13.8 live births per 1,000 population, the lowest level recorded since the Kansas Vital Records system was established in 1912. This is slightly lower than the previous low of 13.9 live births per 1,000 population in 1973, during the “baby bust” years. The number of live births to Kansas resident mothers in 2011 was 39,628, down two percent from 40,439 in 2010.

There were 3,545 live births in 2011 to Kansas resident mothers under the age of twenty, down 8.6 percent from 3,879 live births to Kansas resident mothers in this age group in 2010. Births to mothers under twenty were 8.9% of all resident births in 2011, down from 9.6% in 2010.
Other notable findings from 2011 include:

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.