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VitalStats - Births

Access prebuilt birth and population tables, as well as data files. The files, organized into folders, can be accessed by folder, topic or search.



table icon Birth Tables

VitalStats provides many prebuilt tables, at both national and subnational levels, to customize and chart, map or export. Access them from the birth tables folder, by choosing a topic and geography below, or searching:

Topic Geography

Length of Pregnancy (Gestation) and Birthweight


Method of Delivery
(Cesarean and Vaginal Births)


Characteristics of Mother
(Age, Race/Ethnicity, Education, Marital Status, State)


Risk Factors
(Maternal Diabetes, Pregnancy-Associated Hypertension, Smoking)


Prenatal Care


Trends in Birth Rates, Fertility Rates and Selected Characteristics



data files icon Birth Data Files

Create your own table by choosing items from a list of over 100 variables on the birth data files. The files are available in two formats, one with the full range of demographic and health variables at state levels of geography. The other with county level detail (population over 100,000 only), and a more limited set of other variables. Please note a log-in is required to use this feature.

PLEASE NOTE: Starting with the 2012 data year, when geography is used and the number of events is less than 10 in any cross-tabulated cell the data are not shown.


population icon Population Tables

Use the population tables to create rates or use population data. For more information please see the Quick Guide: Calculating Rates and Percents [PDF - 70 KB].


Suggested Citation

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. VitalStats. /nchs/vitalstats.htm. [Date of access].




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