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

BIRTHS AND DEATHS 2000 2004 2005 2006 2007
Birth rate per 1,000 people 14.4 14.0 14.0 14.2 114.3
Total fertility rate2 2,056 2,046 2,054 2,101 12,123
Death rate per 1,000 people 8.5 8.2 8.3 8.1 18.0
Heart disease 2.5 2.2 2.1 2.0 12.0
Cancer 2.0 1.9 1.8 1.8 11.9
Infant death rate 3 6.9 6.8 6.9 6.7 16.8
Life expectancy at birth (years) 77.0 77.5 77.4 77.7 177.9
HEALTH 2000 2004 2005 2006 2007
National health expenditures, total (billion dollars) 1,353 1,855 1,981 2,113 2,241
Medicare (billion dollars) 224 311 339 402 431
Medicaid (billion dollars) 207 303 325 325 345
Persons without health insurance (percent) 13.7 14.9 15.3 15.8 15.3

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