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Posted on: December 21, 2022

Kansas 2021 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics Now Available

Today, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has released the Kansas 2021 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics.

“The Kansas Annual Summary of Vital Statistics report contains information on births, deaths, marriages, divorces and more,” Kay Haug, State Registrar, said. “It is a valuable tool for public health program evaluation and community health assessment.” 

Results from the report showed 31,637 Kansas resident deaths recorded in 2021, a decrease of 0.1 percent from the 31,667 deaths recorded in 2020. The 2021 death count remains higher than the 27,312 deaths recorded in 2019, largely due to the continuing Coronavirus 2019 pandemic. The Kansas age-adjusted death rate in 2021 (903.5 deaths per 100,000 standard U.S. 2000 population) was higher than in any other year in the last twenty (2002-2021).

Additional highlights from the Kansas 2021 Annual Summary include:

  • Heart disease remains first among the leading causes of death for Kansas residents, and cancer the second.
  • The number of live births to Kansas resident mothers in 2021 was 34,697, up one percent from 34,368 in 2010.
  • Accidental deaths due to drugs rose from 432 in 2020 to 635 in 2021.
  • The rate of 19.2 per 100,000 deaths by suicide matched that of 2018, it’s single highest in the past twenty years.
  • 184 infant deaths occurred in 2021, was very close to the number seen in 2019.
  • Death in Kansas was responsible for 245,414 years of potential life lost before age 75 in 2021.

Haug added vital records also are necessary for individuals to carry out day-to-day business such as obtaining passports, enrolling in schools, sports participation, starting new jobs, qualifying for subsidized housing, collecting life insurance benefits and transferring property. 

State Agencies such as the Kansas Department of Children and Families, Disability and Aging Services, Department of Commerce and the Social Security Administration rely upon vital records, in addition to Kansas Department of Health and Environment in order to provide programming and services to promote health to Kansas citizens.

Vital statistics are compiled annually and released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment each year during the last part of the year. The full vital statistics summary report is available for download here. The tables and charts contained in this report represent only a glimpse of the insight that can be gained from the data. 

Additional data can be requested by calling (785)-296-8795 or visiting http://kic.kdheks.gov/.

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