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The Health Department today released the Annual Summary of Vital Statistics for 2019 (PDF). The 2019 Summary gives important context on births and deaths in New York City prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will help the Health Department understand the deeper health impacts the pandemic has had on New Yorkers in 2020 and beyond.

Data for 2020 beyond the final birth and death totals are still being analyzed, however, based on available totals, between 2019 and 2020 total births declined by 9.4% (110,442 births to 100,022 births) and total deaths increased by 51% (54,559 to 82,143).

The 2019 citywide crude birth rate reached a historic low of 13.2 births per 1,000, and New York City’s age-adjusted premature death rate has declined by 5% from 2010 to 2019.

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