January 9, 1995 in Nation/World

Report A Statistical Smorgasbord

By The Spokesman-Review
 

The Idaho Vital Statistics report is filled with detailed information.

Want to know how many bicyclists were killed by cars in 1993? Two.

Or the number of teenagers from Kootenai County who had abortions? 115.

Here are some other 1993 tidbits:

North Idaho continues to have a high number of teenage pregnancies, including in the 10- to 14-year-old age group. Eleven of the 44 pregnancies in that age group statewide were in North Idaho.

Out-of-wedlock births increase every year. The ratio was the highest ever: 187.1 out-of-wedlock births for every 1,000 live births. That’s up from 160.4 in 1989.

North Idaho leads the state in the number of births at home; 77 were at home and 78 mothers used a lay midwife. Statewide, 17,412 babies were born in 1993.

The number of infant deaths hit a record low of 125, dropping the infant mortality rate to 7.2 per 1,000 live births. The U.S. rate was 8.3.

The number of deaths rose and outpaced the population increase, raising the death rate from 7.4 to 7.6 deaths per 1,000 people. The leading cause of death was heart disease.

A number of diseases were on the upswing in 1993, including AIDS, gonorrhea, hepatitis A and pertussis.

The number of induced abortions fell to 1,346, the lowest annual total since reporting began in 1977. But because the number of residents getting abortions out of state increased, the number of resident abortions increased from a record low of 1,886 in 1992 to 1,949 in 1993.

No abortions were performed in North Idaho, although 363 residents of the five northern counties obtained abortions out of state.

Kootenai County leads the state in marriages, performing 4,666 in 1993, which is almost double the number performed in Ada County. The high number of marriages is attributed to a large number of outof-staters who get married in Idaho.

The most marriages occur in the 20-24 age group. Second highest is the 15-19 age group.

Out of the 6,899 divorces in 1993, 6,951 children were affected.


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