2009 State and County Vital Statistics Released Last Month

Omaha, NE – The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services recently released vital statistics for 2009.

The report indicates births to Nebraska residents exceeded resident deaths by the largest amount in more than 25 years. David Drozd, Research Coordinator at UNO, says this may mean that certain portions of the state will have higher growth rates when the 2010 census data comes out in the upcoming months. He says one of the report's key findings is that most of Nebraska's counties have more people moving out than moving in. Drozd says, "areas having a natural loss might be doomed to have further population losses unless a change in trend occurs."

The vital statistics are compiled primarily from birth and death certificates filed with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.