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Vital Statistics

are those tracing the defining events in people lives that identify their status: birth, marriage, divorce, and death. For details on other statistics got to population.

Chart of Ratio of Marriage to Divorces

The ratio of marriages to divorces had been declining in Maine through most of the 20th century beginning at a recorded high 1905 and stabilizing in the early 1970’s at a ratio of about two marriages to one divorce. It has remained close to that level for nearly forty years. The smooth red line represents a ten-year moving average of the data.

Chart of Infant and Neonatal Death Rates

Infant deaths declined dramatically about 1915, then leveled off from about 1950 until the 1970’s when the rate began to decline again. It has remained below seven per 1,000 births since 1981.

Since statistics from 1900 through 1965 were reported only every five years, these graphs assume a smooth change in the intervening five-year periods to best represent the long-term change over the century.

Year Me.
Pop.
Live Births Birth Rate Deaths All Ages All Death Rate Infant
Death
Rate
NeoN
Death
Rate
Fetal
Death

Rate
Mar- riages Divor- ces Marrs /Divs
1900 694,466 14,095 20.3 11,389 16.4 267.5 43.6 5,482 801 6.8
1901 699,373 14,335 21 11,387 16 261 44.2 5,638 810 7.0
1902 704,280 14,575 21 11,386 16 254 44.8 5,795 820 7.1
1903 709,186 14,814 21 11,384 16 248 45.3 5,951 829 7.2
1904 714,093 15,054 21 11,383 16 241 45.9 6,108 839 7.3
1905 719,000 15,294 21.3 11,381 15.8 234.2 46.5 6,264 848 7.4
1906 723,674 15,395 21 11,593 16 237 46 6,191 861 7.2
1907 728,348 15,496 21 11,804 16 240 45 6,118 873 7.0
1908 733,023 15,596 21 12,016 16 243 44 6,046 886 6.8
1909 737,697 15,697 21 12,227 17 246 43 5,973 898 6.6
1910 742,371 15,798 21.3 12,439 16.7 249.2 30.4 42.5 5,900 911 6.5
1911 745,297 15,973 21 12,259 16 227 29 42 6,054 930 6.5
1912 748,223 16,147 22 12,080 16 204 28 42 6,209 949 6.5
1913 751,148 16,322 22 11,900 16 181 27 42 6,363 968 6.6
1914 754,074 16,496 22 11,721 16 158 26 42 6,518 987 6.6
1915 757,000 16,671 22 11,541 15.2 135.7 25.4 41.3 6,672 1,006 6.6
1916 759,203 16,836 22 11,603 15 129 29 42 6,914 1,078 6.4
1917 761,406 17,001 22 11,665 15 123 32 42 7,157 1,149 6.2
1918 763,608 17,165 22 11,726 15 116 35 42 7,399 1,221 6.1
1919 765,811 17,330 23 11,788 15 109 38 43 7,642 1,292 5.9
1920 768,014 17,495 22.7 11,850 15.3 102.8 41.2 42.8 7,884 1,364 5.8
1921 770,951 17,537 23 11,655 15 97 43 42 7,552 1,337 5.6
1922 773,888 17,579 23 11,460 15 92 45 40 7,221 1,310 5.5
1923 776,826 17,622 23 11,264 14 86 48 39 6,889 1,282 5.4
1924 779,763 17,664 23 11,069 14 81 50 38 6,558 1,255 5.2
1925 782,700 17,706 22.6 10,874 13.8 75.6 51.8 37 6,226 1,228 5.1
1926 785,645 17,405 22 10,916 14 76 50 37 6,268 1,276 4.9
1927 788,589 17,103 22 10,958 14 76 48 37 6,311 1,323 4.8
1928 791,534 16,802 21 11,000 14 75 46 36 6,353 1,371 4.6
1929 794,478 16,500 21 11,042 14 75 44 36 6,396 1,418 4.5
1930 797,423 16,199 20.3 11,084 13.9 75.4 41.5 35.9 6,438 1,466 4.4
1931 802,398 16,102 20 11,076 14 73 41 35 6,568 1,468 4.5
1932 807,374 16,005 20 11,067 14 70 40 35 6,698 1,469 4.6
1933 812,349 15,909 20 11,059 14 68 39 35 6,829 1,471 4.6
1934 817,325 15,812 19 11,050 14 65 39 34 6,959 1,472 4.7
1935 822,300 15,715 19.1 11,042 13.4 62.3 37.8 33.6 7,089 1,474 4.8
1936 827,285 15,629 19 10,962 13 60 37 32 7,366 1,487 5.0
1937 832,270 15,543 19 10,881 13 59 36 30 7,643 1,499 5.1
1938 837,256 15,457 18 10,801 13 57 36 28 7,921 1,512 5.2
1939 842,241 15,371 18 10,720 13 55 35 27 8,198 1,524 5.4
1940 847,226 15,285 18 10,640 12.6 52.9 34 24.8 8,475 1,537 5.5
1941 853,881 15,557 18 10,505 12 52 33 25 8,294 1,729 4.8
1942 860,536 15,830 18 10,370 12 50 31 25 8,113 1,921 4.2
1943 867,190 16,102 19 10,236 12 49 30 24 7,931 2,113 3.8
1944 873,845 16,375 19 10,101 12 48 28 24 7,750 2,305 3.4
1945 880,500 16,647 18.9 9,966 11.3 46.6 27 24.1 7,569 2,497 3.0
1946 887,390 17,565 20 9,965 11 44 26 23 7,779 2,430 3.2
1947 894,280 18,484 21 9,964 11 40 25 22 7,988 2,363 3.4
1948 901,170 19,402 21 9,964 11 37 24 21 8,198 2,296 3.6
1949 908,060 20,321 22 9,963 11 34 23 20 8,407 2,229 3.8
1950 914,950 21,239 23.2 9,962 10.9 31.2 22 19.4 8,617 2,162 4.0
1951 920,128 21,542 23 9,998 11 30 21 21 8,546 2,120 4.0
1952 925,306 21,845 24 10,033 11 29 20 23 8,475 2,079 4.1
1953 930,485 22,147 24 10,069 11 27 19 25 8,405 2,037 4.1
1954 935,663 22,450 24 10,104 11 26 18 27 8,334 1,996 4.2
1955 940,841 22,753 24.2 10,140 10.8 24.5 17.3 28.4 8,263 1,954 4.2
1956 946,811 22,859 24 10,262 11 25 18 26 8,182 1,968 4.2
1957 952,780 22,965 24 10,385 11 25 18 24 8,102 1,982 4.1
1958 958,750 23,070 24 10,507 11 25 18 22 8,021 1,997 4.0
1959 964,719 23,176 24 10,630 11 25 18 20 7,941 2,011 3.9
1960 970,689 23,282 24 10,752 11.1 25.2 18.6 17.7 7,860 2,025 3.9
1961 975,198 22,585 23 10,757 11 25 18 18 8,033 2,120 3.8
1962 979,708 21,888 22 10,762 11 24 18 18 8,206 2,216 3.7
1963 984,217 21,190 22 10,768 11 24 18 18 8,380 2,311 3.6
1964 988,727 20,493 21 10,773 11 23 17 18 8,553 2,407 3.6
1965 993,236 19,796 19.9 10,778 10.9 22.4 16.9 17.5 8,726 2,502 3.5
1966 994,714 18,526 18.6 10,915 11 22.6 17.1 15 8,983 2,630 3.4
1967 995,134 17,976 18.1 10,066 10.1 23.1 16.4 16.1 9,210 3,049 3.0
1968 994,632 16,866 17 11,085 11.1 21.6 15.9 16 10,179 3,088 3.3
1969 993,907 17,364 17.5 10,898 11 19.7 15.3 11.8 10,428 3,375 3.1
1970 997,357 17,837 17.9 11,066 11.1 20.9 16.1 13.8 10,975 3,841 2.9
1971 1,012,257 17,850 17.6 10,830 10.7 18.1 13.3 13.2 11,193 3,905 2.9
1972 1,025,775 16,269 15.9 11,147 10.9 17.7 12.8 12.2 11,741 4,132 2.8
1973 1,038,291 15,730 15.1 10,837 10.4 16.1 11.6 13.3 11,925 4,551 2.6
1974 1,050,181 15,110 14.4 10,705 10.2 16.1 12.6 9.9 11,546 4,850 2.4
1975 1,062,640 15,232 14.3 10,253 9.6 13.2 9 10.8 11,190 5,526 2.0
1976 1,074,653 15,046 14 10,422 9.7 11 7.6 8.3 11,302 5,522 2.0
1977 1,087,650 16,252 14.9 10,055 9.2 9.4 6.1 8.6 11,446 5,655 2.0
1978 1,101,186 15,919 14.5 10,168 9.2 10.2 6 8.9 11,658 6,164 1.9
1979 1,115,044 16,435 14.7 10,278 9.2 9.7 5.8 7.2 11,918 6,158 1.9
1980 1,125,027 16,474 14.6 10,768 9.6 9.3 5.9 7.1 12,040 6,189 1.9
1981 1,132,849 16,567 14.6 10,331 9.1 10.6 6.6 5.7 12,290 6,351 1.9
1982 1,136,199 16,695 14.7 10,451 9.2 8.7 6 6.9 12,388 5,804 2.1
1983 1,145,730 16,576 14.5 10,916 9.5 8.7 5.9 6.5 12,478 5,939 2.1
1984 1,156,485 16,631 14.4 10,826 9.4 8 4.8 6.8 12,525 5,795 2.2
1985 1,163,850 16,905 14.5 11,392 9.8 8.9 6.3 6 12,248 6,070 2.0
1986 1,172,200 16,717 14.3 11,178 9.5 8.7 5.6 5.9 11,983 5,621 2.1
1987 1,186,350 16,727 14.1 11,238 9.5 8.1 4.8 5.7 12,124 5,878 2.1
1988 1,205,900 17,166 14.2 11,482 9.5 7.9 5.1 6.3 12,553 6,041 2.1
1989 1,216,050 17,464 14.4 11,090 9.1 7 4.8 5.6 11,894 5,469 2.2
1990 1,227,928 17,314 14.1 11,023 9.0 5.9 4.4 5.2 11,914 5,164 2.3
1991 1,234,597 16,755 13.6 11,189 9.1 6.7 4.4 4.9 11,306 5,645 2.0
1992 1,236,348 16,013 13 11,045 8.9 5.6 3.6 5.3 11,305 6,257 1.8
1993 1,239,779 15,054 12.1 11,540 9.3 6.4 4.2 5 11,207 5,997 1.9
1994 1,240,280 14,396 11.6 11,596 9.3 6.1 4 3.8 10,978 5,701 1.9
1995 1,241,382 13,875 11.2 11,698 9.4 6.3 4.3 6 10,104 5,893 1.7
1996 1,243,316 13,766 11 11,695 9.4 4.4 3.3 5 10,705 5,878 1.8
1997 1,242,051 13,657 10.9 11,976 9.6 5.1 3.4 5.1 10,848 5,724 1.9
1998 1,244,250 13,723 10.9 12,067 9.6 6.1 4.2 4.4 10,624 6,229 1.7
1999 1,269,783 13,608 10.7 12,233 9.6 4.7 3.6 4.7 10,934 6,410 1.7
2000 1,274,923 13,590 10.7 12,337 9.6 4.9 3.5 4.6 11,338 6,448 1.8
2001 1,286,670 13,751 10.7 12.403 9.7 6.1 4.7 4.2 11,135 5,730 1.9
2002 1,294.46 13,549 10.5 12,670 9.8 4.3 3.1 5.5 11,094 5,944 1.9
2003 1,305,728 13,850 10.6 12,530 9.6 4.9 4 3.4 11,029 5,742 1.9
2004 1,317,253 13,929 10.6 12,441 9.4 5.7 4.2 4.4 11,270 5,691 2.0
2005 1,321,505 14,111 10.7 12,858 9.7 6.9 3.9 5 10,936 5,508 2.0
2006 1,321,574 14,152 10.7 12,268 9.3 n.a. n.a. 5 10,289 5,608 1.8

Notes:

The fetal death rate from 1910 through 1973 was calculated based on all reported terminations of pregnancy, regardless of gestational age. In 1973, 12.0% of such terminations were for fetuses of less than 20 weeks gestation.

Since 1973, the fetal death rate has been calculated based on reported fetal deaths of gestational age 20 weeks or more.

“Rate” means “per 1,000.”

Birth rate is per 1,000 of Maine population.

NeoN Rate means Neo-natal rate, the number of deaths during the first 28 completed days of life per 1,000 live births in the same year.

Infant Death Rate is per 1,000 live births in the same year for a child under one year of age.

All data for births and deaths pertain to Maine residents only, starting in 1935. Data on marriages and divorces describe all such events which occurred in Maine.

Source: Maine Department of Human Services http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/boh/phs/odrvs/data/index.html#vital (accessed August 25, 2011)

Year Population Live Births Birth Rate per 1,000Population Deaths(All Ages) Death Rateper 1,000Population InfantDeathRate NeonatalDeathRate FetalDeathRate Marriages Divorces Marriage/ Divorces
1900 694,466 14,095 20.3 11,389 16.4 267.5 43.6 5,482 801 6.8
1901 699,373 14,335 21 11,387 16 261 44.2 5,638 810 7.0
1902 704,280 14,575 21 11,386 16 254 44.8 5,795 820 7.1
1903 709,186 14,814 21 11,384 16 248 45.3 5,951 829 7.2
1904 714,093 15,054 21 11,383 16 241 45.9 6,108 839 7.3
1905 719,000 15,294 21.3 11,381 15.8 234.2 46.5 6,264 848 7.4
1906 723,674 15,395 21 11,593 16 237 46 6,191 861 7.2
1907 728,348 15,496 21 11,804 16 240 45 6,118 873 7.0
1908 733,023 15,596 21 12,016 16 243 44 6,046 886 6.8
1909 737,697 15,697 21 12,227 17 246 43 5,973 898 6.6
1910 742,371 15,798 21.3 12,439 16.7 249.2 30.4 42.5 5,900 911 6.5
1911 745,297 15,973 21 12,259 16 227 29 42 6,054 930 6.5
1912 748,223 16,147 22 12,080 16 204 28 42 6,209 949 6.5
1913 751,148 16,322 22 11,900 16 181 27 42 6,363 968 6.6
1914 754,074 16,496 22 11,721 16 158 26 42 6,518 987 6.6
1915 757,000 16,671 22 11,541 15.2 135.7 25.4 41.3 6,672 1,006 6.6
1916 759,203 16,836 22 11,603 15 129 29 42 6,914 1,078 6.4
1917 761,406 17,001 22 11,665 15 123 32 42 7,157 1,149 6.2
1918 763,608 17,165 22 11,726 15 116 35 42 7,399 1,221 6.1
1919 765,811 17,330 23 11,788 15 109 38 43 7,642 1,292 5.9
1920 768,014 17,495 22.7 11,850 15.3 102.8 41.2 42.8 7,884 1,364 5.8
1921 770,951 17,537 23 11,655 15 97 43 42 7,552 1,337 5.6
1922 773,888 17,579 23 11,460 15 92 45 40 7,221 1,310 5.5
1923 776,826 17,622 23 11,264 14 86 48 39 6,889 1,282 5.4
1924 779,763 17,664 23 11,069 14 81 50 38 6,558 1,255 5.2
1925 782,700 17,706 22.6 10,874 13.8 75.6 51.8 37 6,226 1,228 5.1
1926 785,645 17,405 22 10,916 14 76 50 37 6,268 1,276 4.9
1927 788,589 17,103 22 10,958 14 76 48 37 6,311 1,323 4.8
1928 791,534 16,802 21 11,000 14 75 46 36 6,353 1,371 4.6
1929 794,478 16,500 21 11,042 14 75 44 36 6,396 1,418 4.5
1930 797,423 16,199 20.3 11,084 13.9 75.4 41.5 35.9 6,438 1,466 4.4
1931 802,398 16,102 20 11,076 14 73 41 35 6,568 1,468 4.5
1932 807,374 16,005 20 11,067 14 70 40 35 6,698 1,469 4.6
1933 812,349 15,909 20 11,059 14 68 39 35 6,829 1,471 4.6
1934 817,325 15,812 19 11,050 14 65 39 34 6,959 1,472 4.7
1935 822,300 15,715 19.1 11,042 13.4 62.3 37.8 33.6 7,089 1,474 4.8
1936 827,285 15,629 19 10,962 13 60 37 32 7,366 1,487 5.0
1937 832,270 15,543 19 10,881 13 59 36 30 7,643 1,499 5.1
1938 837,256 15,457 18 10,801 13 57 36 28 7,921 1,512 5.2
1939 842,241 15,371 18 10,720 13 55 35 27 8,198 1,524 5.4
1940 847,226 15,285 18 10,640 12.6 52.9 34 24.8 8,475 1,537 5.5
1941 853,881 15,557 18 10,505 12 52 33 25 8,294 1,729 4.8
1942 860,536 15,830 18 10,370 12 50 31 25 8,113 1,921 4.2
1943 867,190 16,102 19 10,236 12 49 30 24 7,931 2,113 3.8
1944 873,845 16,375 19 10,101 12 48 28 24 7,750 2,305 3.4
1945 880,500 16,647 18.9 9,966 11.3 46.6 27 24.1 7,569 2,497 3.0
1946 887,390 17,565 20 9,965 11 44 26 23 7,779 2,430 3.2
1947 894,280 18,484 21 9,964 11 40 25 22 7,988 2,363 3.4
1948 901,170 19,402 21 9,964 11 37 24 21 8,198 2,296 3.6
1949 908,060 20,321 22 9,963 11 34 23 20 8,407 2,229 3.8
1950 914,950 21,239 23.2 9,962 10.9 31.2 22 19.4 8,617 2,162 4.0
1951 920,128 21,542 23 9,998 11 30 21 21 8,546 2,120 4.0
1952 925,306 21,845 24 10,033 11 29 20 23 8,475 2,079 4.1
1953 930,485 22,147 24 10,069 11 27 19 25 8,405 2,037 4.1
1954 935,663 22,450 24 10,104 11 26 18 27 8,334 1,996 4.2
1955 940,841 22,753 24.2 10,140 10.8 24.5 17.3 28.4 8,263 1,954 4.2
1956 946,811 22,859 24 10,262 11 25 18 26 8,182 1,968 4.2
1957 952,780 22,965 24 10,385 11 25 18 24 8,102 1,982 4.1
1958 958,750 23,070 24 10,507 11 25 18 22 8,021 1,997 4.0
1959 964,719 23,176 24 10,630 11 25 18 20 7,941 2,011 3.9
1960 970,689 23,282 24 10,752 11.1 25.2 18.6 17.7 7,860 2,025 3.9
1961 975,198 22,585 23 10,757 11 25 18 18 8,033 2,120 3.8
1962 979,708 21,888 22 10,762 11 24 18 18 8,206 2,216 3.7
1963 984,217 21,190 22 10,768 11 24 18 18 8,380 2,311 3.6
1964 988,727 20,493 21 10,773 11 23 17 18 8,553 2,407 3.6
1965 993,236 19,796 19.9 10,778 10.9 22.4 16.9 17.5 8,726 2,502 3.5
1966 994,714 18,526 18.6 10,915 11 22.6 17.1 15 8,983 2,630 3.4
1967 995,134 17,976 18.1 10,066 10.1 23.1 16.4 16.1 9,210 3,049 3.0
1968 994,632 16,866 17 11,085 11.1 21.6 15.9 16 10,179 3,088 3.3
1969 993,907 17,364 17.5 10,898 11 19.7 15.3 11.8 10,428 3,375 3.1
1970 997,357 17,837 17.9 11,066 11.1 20.9 16.1 13.8 10,975 3,841 2.9
1971 1,012,257 17,850 17.6 10,830 10.7 18.1 13.3 13.2 11,193 3,905 2.9
1972 1,025,775 16,269 15.9 11,147 10.9 17.7 12.8 12.2 11,741 4,132 2.8
1973 1,038,291 15,730 15.1 10,837 10.4 16.1 11.6 13.3 11,925 4,551 2.6
1974 1,050,181 15,110 14.4 10,705 10.2 16.1 12.6 9.9 11,546 4,850 2.4
1975 1,062,640 15,232 14.3 10,253 9.6 13.2 9 10.8 11,190 5,526 2.0
1976 1,074,653 15,046 14 10,422 9.7 11 7.6 8.3 11,302 5,522 2.0
1977 1,087,650 16,252 14.9 10,055 9.2 9.4 6.1 8.6 11,446 5,655 2.0
1978 1,101,186 15,919 14.5 10,168 9.2 10.2 6 8.9 11,658 6,164 1.9
1979 1,115,044 16,435 14.7 10,278 9.2 9.7 5.8 7.2 11,918 6,158 1.9
1980 1,125,027 16,474 14.6 10,768 9.6 9.3 5.9 7.1 12,040 6,189 1.9
1981 1,132,849 16,567 14.6 10,331 9.1 10.6 6.6 5.7 12,290 6,351 1.9
1982 1,136,199 16,695 14.7 10,451 9.2 8.7 6 6.9 12,388 5,804 2.1
1983 1,145,730 16,576 14.5 10,916 9.5 8.7 5.9 6.5 12,478 5,939 2.1
1984 1,156,485 16,631 14.4 10,826 9.4 8 4.8 6.8 12,525 5,795 2.2
1985 1,163,850 16,905 14.5 11,392 9.8 8.9 6.3 6 12,248 6,070 2.0
1986 1,172,200 16,717 14.3 11,178 9.5 8.7 5.6 5.9 11,983 5,621 2.1
1987 1,186,350 16,727 14.1 11,238 9.5 8.1 4.8 5.7 12,124 5,878 2.1
1988 1,205,900 17,166 14.2 11,482 9.5 7.9 5.1 6.3 12,553 6,041 2.1
1989 1,216,050 17,464 14.4 11,090 9.1 7 4.8 5.6 11,894 5,469 2.2
1990 1,227,928 17,314 14.1 11,023 9 5.9 4.4 5.2 11,914 5,164 2.3
1991 1,234,597 16,755 13.6 11,189 9.1 6.7 4.4 4.9 11,306 5,645 2.0
1992 1,236,348 16,013 13 11,045 8.9 5.6 3.6 5.3 11,305 6,257 1.8
1993 1,239,779 15,054 12.1 11,540 9.3 6.4 4.2 5 11,207 5,997 1.9
1994 1,240,280 14,396 11.6 11,596 9.3 6.1 4 3.8 10,978 5,701 1.9
1995 1,241,382 13,875 11.2 11,698 9.4 6.3 4.3 6 10,104 5,893 1.7
1996 1,243,316 13,766 11 11,695 9.4 4.4 3.3 5 10,705 5,878 1.8
1997 1,242,051 13,657 10.9 11,976 9.6 5.1 3.4 5.1 10,848 5,724 1.9
1998 1,244,250 13,723 10.9 12,067 9.6 6.1 4.2 4.4 10,624 6,229 1.7
1999 1,269,783 13,608 10.7 12,233 9.6 4.7 3.6 4.7 10,934 6,410 1.7
2000 1,274,923 13,590 10.7 12,337 9.6 4.9 3.5 4.6 11,338 6,448 1.8
2001 1,286,670 13,751 10.7 12.403 9.7 6.1 4.7 4.2 11,135 5,730 1.9
2002 1,294.46 13,549 10.5 12,670 9.8 4.3 3.1 5.5 11,094 5,944 1.9
2003 1,305,728 13,850 10.6 12,530 9.6 4.9 4 3.4 11,029 5,742 1.9
2004 1,317,253 13,929 10.6 12,441 9.4 5.7 4.2 4.4 11,270 5,691 2.0
2005 1,321,505 14,111 10.7 12,858 9.7 6.9 3.9 5 10,936 5,508 2.0
2006 1,321,574 14,152 10.7 12,268 9.3 n.a. n.a. 5 10,289 5,608 1.8
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