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Register of Deeds Releases Wake County Vital Statistics Data for 2019

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Tuesday, January 8, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Luther Snyder, Deputy Director
O. 919-856-5462 M. 919-369-7045
luther.snyder@wakegov.com

REGISTER OF DEEDS RELEASES WAKE COUNTY
VITAL STATISTICS DATA FOR 2019

2019 is generally in line with long-term trends.

Raleigh, NC – Wake County’s vital statistics for 2019 are generally in line with long-term trends, as shown by full-year data released by Charles Gilliam, the Register of Deeds.

During 2019 Wake County continued to experience organic population growth, but the rate of growth is declining over the long-term.

Organic growth is the difference between births and deaths. In 2019, 13,572 babies were born in Wake County compared to 6,819 deaths, resulting in the organic growth of 6,753. This compares to the organic growth of 6,588 in 2018.

These numbers include births to mothers who do not reside in Wake County. Register of Deeds Charles Gilliam states, “in each of 2018 and 2019 approximately 19% of births were to mothers who live outside Wake County. These are generally mothers from surrounding counties who are using the large Wake County hospitals. The result is over the last two years about five thousand babies born in our county are contributing to growth actually occurring in other counties. Strategies to accommodate growth in nearby counties should take this into account.”

2019 organic growth was up 2.5% compared to 2018, but during the 14-year period ending 2019, the amount of organic growth has declined at a compound annual rate of negative 3.5%. The following chart shows organic growth for the period 2006 through 2019.

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The 13,572 births recorded in Wake County in 2019 are up 3.3% from 13,143 in 2018. Over the long-term Wake County births are flat to slightly down. During the 14-year period through 2019 births have declined at an (0.6)% negative compound annual rate.
The following chart shows the number of births for the period 2006 through 2019 (all numbers include births to out of county mothers).

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There were 6,819 deaths in Wake County during 2019, up 4% from 6,555 during 2018. Over the last 14 years, the number of deaths has increased at a steady pace amounting to a 3.8% compound annual rate. The following chart shows the number of deaths for the period 2006 through 2019.

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In 2019 marriage licenses issued by the Wake County Register of Deeds were 6,856, down 1% from 6,926 in 2018. The following chart shows the number of marriage licenses issued for the years 2006 through 2019 period.

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Source and Methodology
The Register of Deeds is the custodian of all official Wake County birth, death and marriage records. Vital statistics are based on a count of birth and death certificates recorded by the Register of Deeds. A birth or death certificate is issued when the birth or death takes place in Wake County. Marriage data is the number of marriage licenses issued by the Register of Deeds. A marriage license can be used anywhere in North Carolina and couples do not have to be residents of Wake County to be issued one.

 

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