New Utah birth rate leads the nation

A year ago when new U.S. birthrate data was released, those numbers reflected Cache County’s birthrate had stayed consistent for 10 years, although rates for the rest of the state continued to decline from a 2008 peak.

The county’s birth rate was at 19.7 births per thousand, very close to Utah County’s 20.8, the leading figure among all of the country’s counties.

At the same time national figures proved that Utah was again the nation’s fastest growing state with a a birth rate of 17.6 percent.

Updated figures released last week show Utah’s 16.9 birth rate slipped, but still leads the nation ahead of Alaska (15.3) and Texas (14.7).

Census Bureau numbers indicating Utah has the largest average household size in the nation could have something to do with it’s high birth rate.

Also, the median age in Utah is 29 years, lowest in the nation, a possible indicator there are more young families having children and keeping the state’s birth rate high.

The national birth rate dipped from 12.5 to 12.4 births per thousand.

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