The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services keeps track of a host of interesting state statistics, and just released a report on births, deaths, marriages and divorces.
Some 60,000 “vital events” were filed with DHHS in 2012.
Marriage has been on the decline since 1970. Couples are also waiting longer to say “I do.” Over half of the brides and grooms in 2012 were at least 30. There were 12,376 marriages that year.
The number of couples calling it quits declined that year. There were 6,307 divorces filed. Just over half of the divorces involved couples married 8 years or less. Also, the divorce rate has been on a slow decline since the 1990s.
The report shows there were just under 26,000 live births that year, while 37% of the births were first born and 31% were the 2nd child. The average age of the mother was 24-and-a-half. The state recorded the lowest infant mortality rate in Nebraska history in 2012.
On the other end of the spectrum, the average age of death for Nebraskans was 75-and a half in 2012. That ties the states all time record first set in 2003.
Women tend to live about 7 years longer then men. Cancer is Nebraska’s leading cause of death. Heart disease is second and chronic lung disease is third. The 4th leading cause of death is unintentional injuries or accidents. Accidents and falls replaces stroke as the 4th leading cause of death in Nebraska.