General News
6:06 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Latest Vital Statistics Report Recently Released

The 2012 Nebraska Vital Statistics report was released last week.

The report is a compilation of various statistics in the state, including births, deaths, marriages and divorces.

Joseph Acierno is the Director of the Division of Public Health for Nebraska Health and Human Services and Chief Medical Officer. 

Acierno says the report offers a snapshot of where the state is at this point in time. 

He talks about some of the statistics he thought were significant in the report.

"I thought it was interesting that the average age of a Nebraska woman giving birth to her first child increased over the past decade from 24.5 years old to 25.4 years old.  I think it’s interesting that our infant mortality rate is the lowest rate we’ve ever had.  That’s all very encouraging.”

Acierno says the average age of death for a woman in Nebraska is 78.7 years while for men it’s 72.2 years. 

Cancer is the leading cause of death in the state, followed by heart disease and chronic lung disease.