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US Vital Statistics 1890 - 1984

These files are images of the published volumes of vital statistics from the US National Center for Health Statistics for the period 1890 through 1984. They have the same content as the files at NCSH but are compressed using software from CVisionTech called CVista. These files are about half the size of the originals, but preserve all the detail. Acrobat 5.0 or better is required to view them.

Anyone desiring a machine readable versions of the information in these volumes is invited to send a paragraph describing their application to Karen Norberg (norberg at nber dot org). A handful of tables have already been transcribed and are available at http://www.nber.org/vital-statistics. We hope to do more in the future.

These files are quite large. Most single years are 10-20 megabytes with the multi-year book more than 40 megabytes. 1938 did not compress well and checks in at 147 megabytes. You can download it in sections here .

Fetal mortality is always included with the Natality statistics, not with Mortality.

An interactive index to the natality tables which allows the selection and download of individual tables is available here .

In using data from any of the volumes, it is recommended that reference be made to the explanatory text in Volume I of each year, which describes the sources, nature, and limitations of the statistics.

Tables of Contents

These files offer the tables of contents from the annual volumes, so that visitors can avoid downloading entire volumes just to confirm the absence of a particular table.

1931 - 1959 Combined
1960 - 1967 Natality Mortality

Rates

1900 - 1910Rates
1900 - 1940Rates
1940 - 1960Rates

Census Based

Vital Statistics for cities with population over 100,000. Volume 1 for 1900 is defective on the NCHS web site.

YearVol 1Vol 2Vol 3Vol 4
1890 Analysis and Rates Vital Statistics Mortality Mortality
1900 ??? Population Analysis and Rates Mortality

Death Registration Area

1905 Mortality
1906 Mortality
1907 Mortality
1908 Mortality
1909 Mortality
1910 Mortality
1911 Mortality
1912 Mortality
1913 Mortality
1914 Mortality
1915 Mortality
1916 Mortality
1917 Mortality
1918 Mortality
1918 (Flu Supplement)
1919 Mortality
1920 Mortality
1921 Mortality
1922 Mortality
1923 Mortality
1924 Mortality
1925 Mortality
1926 Mortality
1927 Mortality
1928 Mortality
1929 Mortality

Abridged Tables

1931-32Mortality

Separate registration areas for births and deaths

1931Natality Mortality
1932Natality Mortality

Begins national coverage (48 states)

YearVol 1Vol 2
1933Natality Mortality
1934Natality Mortality
1935Natality Mortality
1936Natality Mortality

Residence classification

YearPart 1Part 2
1937Occurance Residence
1938Occurance Residence
1939Occurance Residence
1939-40Supplement
1940Occurance Residence
1941Occurance Residence
1942Occurance Residence
1943Occurance Residence
1944Occurance Residence
1945Occurance Residence
1946Occurance Residence
1947Occurance Residence
1948Occurance Residence
1949Occurance Residence

Census year with rates

YearVol 1Vol 2Vol 3
1950Introduction Natality, Marriage&Divorce Mortality

YearVol 1Vol 2
1951All Else Mortality
1952All Else Mortality
1953All Else Mortality
1954All Else Mortality
1955All Else Mortality
1956All Else Mortality
1957All Else Mortality
1958All Else Mortality
1959All Else MortalityBegin Alaska

Micro data is available for 1959 onwards.

The modern era

Two volumes are missing.

YearVol 1Vol 2aVol 2bVol 3
1960 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce Begin Hawaii
1961 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1962 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1963 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1964 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1965 Natality Not Available Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1966 Natality Mortality(Cause) Not Available Marriage&Divorce
1967 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1968 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1969 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1970 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1971 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1972 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1973 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1974 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1975 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1976 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1977 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1978 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1979 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1980 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1981 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1982 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1983 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce
1984 Natality Mortality(Cause) Mortality(Geography) Marriage&Divorce

Last update 15 August 2006. Corespondence to jroth@nber.org  
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