Birth and death rates – national statistics

ONS graph showing death rates in men and women between 1901 and 2007. Note how it rises sharply in World War I, not quite so sharply in WWII, and a slight increase during the early 1930s years of economic depression

England and Wales now have their lowest infant death rate ever, according to figures released this week by the National Office of Statistics. 4.8 deaths per 1,000 children under twelve months are now being registered. Fertility rates are up to their highest for 25 years. Women give birth to 1.91 children, on average.

Death rates in the last hundred years have changed dramatically. In 1900, over 50% of deaths occurred in people under the age of 45. By 2007, just 4% of deaths ocurred in the under 45 group.

One response to “Birth and death rates – national statistics

  1. At the time of Shakespeare, two-thirds of people failed to reach the age of 21. By the time of Dickens, one-third died before that age. Now, over 99% of Britains reach that age. Mankind has surely made great progress during the past hundred years. It had been feared that due to the diet of modern children and their levels of obesity that this generation would not reach the ages of their parents. The latest figures however, show that the average lifespan in this country is still continuing to increase, despite our bad eating habits.