Kansas’ rate of infant deaths declined in 2010 to the lowest it has been since the state health department began collecting vital statistics in 1912, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported this morning. But it comes at a time when Kansas has one of the highest infant death rates in the nation.
The new data are part of KDHE’s Annual Summary of Vital Statistics, which was released today. The summary provides detailed statistical breakdowns, and it is used by health care professionals, state officials and others to track trends and evaluate services.
Among the highlights:
- The number of reported abortions fell from 9,474 in 2009 to 8,373 last year.
- There were about 1,000 fewer births in 2010 than 2009
- The number of marriages decreased by about 100 and divorces and annulments increased by more than 200.
- Heart disease surpassed cancer as the leading cause of death, but the 10 top causes of death remained the same: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke, unintentional injuries, Alzheimer’s disease, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, kidney disease, and suicide. (KDHE notes that the top 10 killers a century ago were: heart disease, tuberculosis, kidney disease, violent deaths other than suicide, pneumonia, congenital debility and malformations, diarrhea and enteritis, cerebral hemorrhage, and cancer)
- The average age for a Kansan to die in 2010 was 74.1. A national vital statistics report from March 2011 put life expectancy at 78.2.