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Nebraska’s 2011 vital statistics

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By: Dan Messineo
dmessineo@klkntv.com

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services compiles about 60,000 different events from birth, death, marriages and health into a yearly report.  The 2011 vital statistics report gives a snapshot of what Nebraskans were up to in 2011. 

The state saw its' lowest number of births since 2002.  In 2011, 25,722 Nebraska babies were born.  The majority of the births occurred in women in their twenties.  Many babies didn't come alone.  2011 saw 292 sets of twins and even 13 sets of triplets.  

In 2011, 15,473 Nebraskans died.  The average age of death was 75.5.  Women lived, on average, 6 years longer than men.  But there's good news for Nebraska men, they're living longer.  The average age of death for men in 2011 was 72.2, which is up .2 from 2010.

Fewer church bells were ringing in 2011.  Overall, the state has seen a decline in marriages since 1970.  In 2011, 12,206 couples said "I do."  The majority of couples tying the knot were in their twenties.  Nebraska has also seen a downward trend in the divorce rate.  In 2011, 6,367 couples decided to call it quits compared to 6,603 in 2010.  That's 236 fewer couples going their separate ways. 

A few more interesting stats from 2011: 

Cancer was the leading cause of death for Nebraskans followed by heart disease.  Also, not one set of quadruplets was born in the state during 2011, which hasn't happened since 2002. 

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