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Health Indicator Report of Birth Rate

Tracking birth rate patterns among New Jersey and U.S. residents as a whole is critical to understanding population growth and change in this country and in New Jersey.


Due to a change in population estimation methodology at the U.S. Census Bureau, rates for 2020 and later are not directly comparable to rates from before 2020.

Data Sources

  • Birth Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Natality public-use data. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at []
  • National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Vintage 2019 bridged-race postcensal population estimates. [] as of July 9, 2020.
  • National Center for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau. Revised 1990-2009 bridged-race intercensal population estimates. [] as of October 26, 2012.
  • Population Estimates, [ State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Number of live births in a given year per 1,000 persons in the population


Number of live births


Number of persons in population

How Are We Doing?

Birth rates vary widely across the state. Counties with high populations of older persons will have lower birth rates than those with younger, childbearing-age persons. Birth rates also vary by race/ethnicity with Hispanics having 1.5 times the birth rate of Whites. The rates among Asians/Pacific Islanders and Blacks fall in between.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Since the early 1990s, the birth rate among New Jersey residents has followed the same trend as that of the nation as a whole while always remaining below the U.S. birth rate.

What Is Being Done?

The Division of [ Family Health Services] in the New Jersey Department of Health administers programs to enhance the health, safety, and well-being of families and communities in New Jersey.
Page Content Updated On 07/28/2023, Published on 07/28/2023
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