The National Vital Statistics Report has released birth, marriage, divorce, and death statistics for 2008 today.
The bottom line for Minnesota:
>> Fewer births than 2007, but not by many (5,719 vs. 5,887). Chalk it up to cold winters. Nationally, most births are in July. I’ll do the math for you. October.
>> We’re dyin’ here. Deaths increased from 37,116 in 2007 to 38,529 in 2008. That’s at least three straight months of increasing deaths.
>> The number of marriages have dropped for three years running. Minnesota did not provide divorce data, however. Marriage rates in Minnesota have been dropping since the ’40s.
Here’s the report.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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