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Quick Facts: Births

The birth rate is defined as the number of live births per 1,000 women of childbearing age (15-44 years). Sustained low birth rates may indicate that the population is aging, and sustained high birth rates may predict a much younger age structure in the population. It can be helpful to understand how the birth rate changes for different maternal age groups and for different racial and ethnic backgrounds, and how these births are distributed in a population.

• In 2014, there were 38,736 live births in Mississippi.
• The birth rate in Mississippi in 2014 was 64.4 per 1,000 women ages 15-44.
• Of all live births in Mississippi during 2012-2014 (average), 3.7% were Hispanic, 51.5% were white, 42.9% were black, 0.6% were American Indian/Alaska Native and 1.3% were Asian/Pacific Islander.
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  • National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data.
  • US Census Bureau. Population estimates based on bridged race categories released by the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Retrieved June 25, 2017, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.