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USA Statistics in Brief--Births, Deaths, and Health

BIRTHS AND DEATHS 2000 2003 2004 2005 2006
Birth rate per 1,000 people 14.4 14.1 14.0 14.0 114.2
Total fertility rate2 2,056 2,043 2,046 2,054 12,101
Death rate per 1,000 people 8.5 8.4 8.2 8.3 18.1
Heart disease 2.6 2.3 2.2 2.1 12.1
Cancer 2.0 1.9 1.9 1.8 11.8
Infant death rate 3 6.9 6.9 6.8 6.9 16.7
Life expectancy at birth (years) 77.0 77.4 77.8 77.8 178.1
HEALTH 2000 2003 2004 2005 2006
National health expenditures, total (billion dollars) 1,353 1,735 1,855 1,981 2,113
Medicare (billion dollars) 224 283 311 339 402
Medicaid (billion dollars) 201 270 291 312 309
Persons without health insurance (percent) 13.7 15.1 14.9 15.3 15.8

FOOTNOTES
1Preliminary.
2The number of births that 1,000 women would have in their lifetime if at each year of age, they experienced the birth rates occurring in the specified year.
3Death of infants under 1 year, excluding fetal deaths; rates per 1,000 registered live births.


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Administrative and Customer Services Division