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Stats of the State of Kentucky

Kentucky Birth Data 2014 State Rank* U.S.**
Percent of Births to Unmarried Mothers 41.9 18th 40.2¹
Cesarean Delivery Rate 35.1 7th 32.2
Preterm Birth Rate 10.7 9th 9.6
Teen Birth Rate ‡                35.3 8th 24.2
Low Birthweight Rate 8.8 11th (tie) 8.0

¹ Excludes data from U.S. territories
‡Number of live births per 1,000 females aged 15-19


KY Leading Causes of Death, 2014 Deaths Rate*** State Rank* U.S. Rate**
1.  Cancer 10263 198.8 1st 161.2
2.  Heart Disease 10013 200.5 8th 167.0
3.  Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 3214 63.8 1st 40.5
4.  Accidents 2622 58.3 5th 40.5
5.  Stroke 2050 41.8 11th 36.5
6.  Alzheimer's disease 1523 32.1 10th 25.4
7.  Diabetes 1175 23.4 14th 20.9
8.  Flu/Pneumonia 1017 20.8 5th 15.1
9.  Kidney Disease 968 19.5 5th 13.2
10.  Septicemia 800 16.1 6th 10.7


Kentucky Mortality Data Deaths Rate** U.S. Deaths U.S. Rate***
Firearm Deaths 627 13.8 33390 10.2
Homicide 203 4.7 15809 5.1
Drug Poisoning Deaths 1077 24.7 47055 14.7


Other Kentucky Data State U.S.
Infant Mortality Rate  (Deaths per 1,000 live births) 7.1 5.8
Percentage of Persons Without Health Insurance 5.9 9.1
Marriage Rate 6.9 6.9†
Divorce Rate 3.8 3.2††


* Rankings are from highest to lowest.
** Rates for the U.S. include the District of Columbia and (for births) U.S. territories.  Refer to notes in publication tables for more detail.
*** Death rates are age-adjusted.  Refer to source notes below for more detail.
†Excludes data for Georgia.
††Excludes data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, and Minnesota.
n/a - Data not available.



Health Insurance data come from Health Insurance Coverage: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, 2015; 2014 birth data come from National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 64, No. 12; leading cause of death data, including firearm, homicide, and drug poisoning mortality data, and infant mortality data come from CDC WONDER and rankings and rates are based on 2014 age-adjusted death rates. For more information on age-adjustment, refer to this report.  States are categorized from highest rate to lowest rate. Although adjusted for variations in age-distribution and population size, differences by state do not take into account other state specific population characteristics that may affect the level of the birth characteristic or mortality. When the number of deaths or births events is small, differences by state may be unreliable due to instability in rates.  When the number of deaths is small, rankings by state may be unreliable due to instability in death rates. Marriage and divorce data come from unpublished tables from the Division of Vital Statistics, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC