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For Immediate Release
March 26, 2015

Contact Leah Bucco-White, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-9356

Latest Vital Statistics Report: Births Increase,
Marriages Decrease, Age at Death Sets Record

Lincoln—Did you know? Approximately 60,000 records of vital events are filed every year in Nebraska.  The 2013 Nebraska Vital Statistics report contains information on births, deaths, marriages and divorces. Here’s a quick snapshot of the report by the numbers.


  • 26,094 live births occurred among Nebraska women in 2013 which is the highest number of births since 2009.
  • The average age of a Nebraska woman giving birth to her first child increased in past decades – 24 years in 1988 to 25.5 years in 2013.
  • The average age of a Nebraska woman giving birth to her second child also increased – 26.8 years in 1988 to 28.1 years in 2013.


  • New state record - The average age at death for Nebraskans in 2013 was 75.7 years old.
  • Average age at death breakdown by gender:
    • Nebraska women - 79 years.
    • Nebraska men - 72.1 years.
  • Nebraska’s leading causes of death:
    1. Cancer
    2. Heart disease 
    3. Chronic lung disease
    4. Stroke
    5. Accidents (unintentional injuries)

Marriage and Divorce:

  • The number of marriages in Nebraska has been on the decline since 1970.
  • 11,765 marriages took place in Nebraska in 2013. This is the state’s lowest year marriage tally since 1963.
  • Age at marriage continues to increase. Over half of Nebraska marriages in 2013 involved either a bride or groom at least 30 years old. One in nine included a bride or groom who was at least 50 years old.
  • The number of divorces in Nebraska declined. There were 6,100 divorces in 2013 versus 6,307 in 2012. Overall, the divorce rate has been on a slow decline since the 1990s.
  • More than half of divorces were granted to people 35 years old or older.

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