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Release: Vital Statistics: Population and Health Reference Tables, Autumn 2012 Update

Released: 29 August 2012

Contact

Elizabeth McLaren

Vital Statistics Outputs Branch

vsob@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 444110

Categories: Causes of Death, Conception and Fertility Rates, Live Births and Stillbirths, Mortality Rates, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Conceptions, Live Births, Death Registrations, Population

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

  • The provisional number of deaths registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2012 was 153,800. This represents an increase of 15,400 deaths in comparison with the previous quarter. This is expected as the number of deaths in Q1 has tended to be higher than Q4 in recent years. It also represents a small increase of 1,700 deaths in comparison to the same quarter in 2011.

  • The crude death rate for the UK increased slightly from 8.7 deaths per thousand population in the fourth quarter of 2011 to 9.8 per thousand population in the first quarter of 2012. This is expected as the crude death rate in Q1 has tended to be higher than Q4 in recent years. It is also the same crude death rate as the same quarter in 2011.

  • The provisional number of live births in the UK in the first quarter of 2012 was 201,100. This represents a small decrease of 2,200 births in comparison with the previous quarter. This is expected as the number of births in Q1 has tended to be lower than Q4 in recent years. It also represents a small increase of 4,700 births in comparison to the same quarter in 2011. This is in line with the overall increasing number of births in recent years.

  • The crude birth rate for the UK stayed the same between the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 at 12.9 births per thousand population.

  • The provisional estimated number of conceptions in England and Wales in the second quarter of 2011 was 225,100. This represents a small decrease of 1,500 conceptions in comparison with the previous quarter. This is expected as the number of conceptions in Q2 has tended to be lower than Q1 in recent years. It also represents a small increase of 1,800 conceptions in comparison to the same quarter in 2010. This is in line with the overall increasing number of conceptions in recent years.

  • The fall in the number of conceptions for the second quarter of 2011 occurred in all age groups with the exception of women aged under 20 and over 40.

  • The conception rate for England and Wales decreased slightly from 83.0 conceptions per thousand women in the first quarter of 2011 to 81.8 per thousand women in the second quarter of 2012.

  • Conception rates decreased in all age groups with the exception of women aged under 20.

These tables provide annual data for a selection of key statistics under the following themes: births, deaths, marriages, divorces, civil partnerships and civil partnership dissolutions. Figures for the latest years may be provisional, these will be updated to final figures when data is available. Commentary on trends in annual birth and death statistics can be found in the Birth summary tables and Death registrations summary tables. Commentary on trends in annual conception statistics can be found in Conception statistics.

For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to mortality statistics, please see Mortality Metadata (2.72 Mb Pdf)  and Mortality Quality and Methodology Information report (189.1 Kb Pdf) . For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to birth statistics, please see Births Metadata (339.1 Kb Pdf) and Births Quality and Methodology Information report (139.5 Kb Pdf) . For information on data quality, legislation and procedures relating to conception statistics, please see Conceptions Metadata (143.5 Kb Pdf) and Conceptions Quality and Methodology Information report (131.5 Kb Pdf) .

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