NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: March 21, 2013
Contact: Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Officer
2011 Vital Statistics report: Idaho’s rate of marriage is the lowest in 60 years but still higher
than the national rate
Data shows a decrease in divorces and births and a slight increase in population
The oldest groom in Idaho in 2011 was 95; the youngest, just 16. The youngest bride was 15, while the oldest was 91.
Marriage continues to be an honorable institution in the state, according to the report 2011 Idaho Vital Statistics, which says that marriages occur at a higher frequency in Idaho than in the United States as a whole. Even so, the state’s marriage rate decreased from 8.8 per 1,000 people in 2010 to 8.6 in 2011. It is the lowest rate of marriage in Idaho in the last 60 years.
These are the days of our lives, according to Vital Statistics, an annual report compiled by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. It provides data for population, births, deaths, stillbirths, marriages, divorces, and abortions for the state. It also includes county and health district profiles for easy comparison.
“The report is a rich compilation of data that offers insight into the lives of Idahoans,” said Pamela Harder, research analyst supervisor for the department’s Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics. “But it’s just a small sample of the data we have available.”
The report for 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Idaho.
A few other interesting facts about Idahoans in 2011:
The Idaho Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics is responsible for managing the state’s vital records program, as well as for providing health statistics and analysis. The report is used by Health and Welfare programs and other state departments, hospitals, libraries, funeral homes, county offices, media, school districts and universities and colleges in Idaho, among others. Data is used for planning, research, school work and, interestingly enough, to find out the most popular baby name for the year.
The report is available online.