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Statistics are most often revised for 1 of 2 reasons:
- For certain statistics initial estimates are released with the expectation that these may be revised and updated as further data becomes available.
- Revisions may also be made when methods or systems are changed.
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Correction See correction
In the births table we have made a minor correction to the UK general fertility rate in 2018 from 58.7 to 58.5, live births per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years. We apologise for any inconvience caused.
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|xls (562.2 kB)||Scheduled update/revision||20 November 2017 09:30|
|xls (511.5 kB)||Scheduled update/revision||28 November 2016 09:30|
Important notes and usage information
Main points from latest release
In 2018, there were 731,213 live births in the UK, a decrease of 3.2% from 755,042 in 2017 and the lowest number of live births since 2006.
There were 2,958 stillbirths in the UK in 2018; the corresponding stillbirth rate was 4.0 stillbirths per 1,000 total births, which is the lowest rate on record.
There were 616,014 deaths registered in the UK in 2018, an increase of 1.5% from 607,172 in 2017.
There were 3,248 deaths registered to children aged under five years in the UK in 2018; the corresponding mortality rate was 4.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, which is the lowest rate on record.
There were 2,831 infant deaths (deaths under one year) registered in the UK in 2018; the corresponding infant mortality rate was 3.9 deaths per 1,000 live births, unchanged since 2013 and the lowest rate on record.
There were 2,028 neonatal deaths (deaths under 28 days) registered in the UK in 2018; the corresponding neonatal mortality rate was 2.8 deaths per 1,000 live births, unchanged from 2016.
There were 279,311 marriages of opposite-sex couples in the UK in 2017, the latest year for which data are available; this was an increase of 1.4% from 275,395 in 2016.
There were 110,524 divorces of opposite-sex couples in the UK in 2017, the latest year for which data are available; this was a decrease of 6.4% from 118,046 in 2016.
There were 1,129 civil partnerships formed in the UK in 2018, an increase of 5.5% from 1,070 in 2017.
There were 1,304 civil partnership dissolutions in the UK in 2017, the latest year for which data are available; this was a decrease of 7.8% from 1,415 in 2016.