Sunday, March 11, 2012

Birth Patterns 1990-2010 in Dallas County Texas: the dropping birth rate

Update! In Dallas County in 2010 there were only 39,712 births!  This is a 10.6% drop in just 3 years from the 44,414 record number of births in Dallas County in 2007!  These numbers come from the May 22, 2012 updates posted at Using this same link, and comparing it with the numbers for Dallas from 2007, the births for Dallas itself fell from 24,242 in 2007 to 21,444 in 2010, or a drop just over 11.5%.

This drop in births and birth rate mirrors that of Texas.  See .
From 1990 through 2009 the following were the birth patterns within Dallas County, Texas: 

Dallas County Texas Births from 1990 to 2010
Right-click and open link to enlarge.

The above chart is made from data available on the Texas Department of Health web site at for the years 1990-2009.

While the number of births to Hispanic families grew dramatically through 2007, in 2008 a sharp deline started in all birth rates, with Hispanics again leading the way. See articles like "Hispanic birth rate plummeting in the U.S.," online at . This November 28, 2011 article, and others like it, indicate that the lowering Hispanic birth rate has continued since 2009.  The 2010 total birth number from Dallas County of 39,712 confirms that all numbers are probably dropping.  (Information is welcomed about where to locate more recent birth numbers for Dallas County.  Has this drop in birth numbers continued in 2011?)