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Stats of the State of Tennessee

Tennessee Birth Data 2014 State Rank* U.S.**
Percent of Births to Unmarried Mothers 44.0 12th 40.2¹
Cesarean Delivery Rate 33.7 15th 32.2
Preterm Birth Rate 10.8 5th (tie) 9.6
Teen Birth Rate ‡                33.0 9th 24.2
Low Birthweight Rate 9.0 8th 8.0

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


TN Leading Causes of Death, 2014 Deaths Rate*** State Rank* U.S. Rate**
1.  Heart Disease 15223 205.6 6th 167.0
2.  Cancer 14172 184.2 5th 161.2
3.  Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 3969 52.5 9th 40.5
4.  Accidents 3781 55.6 7th 40.5
5.  Stroke 3326 45.8 3rd 36.5
6.  Alzheimer's disease 2672 38.1 2nd 25.4
7.  Diabetes 1727 23.2 15th 20.9
8.  Flu/Pneumonia 1602 22.1 4th 15.1
9.  Kidney Disease 1036 14.1 22nd (tie) 13.2
10.  Suicide 948 14.1 27th 13.0


Tennessee Mortality Data Deaths Rate** U.S. Deaths U.S. Rate***
Firearm Deaths 986 14.7 33390 10.2
Homicide 379 6.0 15809 5.1
Drug Poisoning Deaths 1269 19.5 47055 14.7


Other Tennessee Data State U.S.
Infant Mortality Rate  (Deaths per 1,000 live births) 6.9 5.8
Percentage of Persons Without Health Insurance 8.6 9.1
Marriage Rate 8.4 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.