Sustained low fertility rates may indicate that the population is aging; sustained high fertility rates may predict a younger population. Fertility rate data and trends can tell a story.
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In 2021, there were 52,214 live births in Kentucky.
The fertility rate in Kentucky in 2021 was 60.8 per 1,000 women ages 15-44.
Of all live births in Kentucky during 2019-2021 (average), 6.8% were Hispanic, 79.4% were white, 10.1% were black, 0.1% were American Indian/Alaska Native and 2.3% were Asian/Pacific Islander.
Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, final natality data. Retrieved November 29, 2023, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.
Of all live births in Kentucky during 2019-2021 (average), 6.4% were to women under the age of 20, 56.5% were to women ages 20-29, 34.9% were to women ages 30-39, and 2.1% were to women ages 40 and older.
Babies delivered to younger and older women are often at increased risk of poor birth outcomes, including prematurity, low birthweight and infant mortality.