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Register of Deeds Six Month 2020 Report on Wake County Vital Statistics



Tuesday, July 14, 2020
For Immediate Release

Contact: Luther Snyder, Deputy Director
O. 919-856-5462 M. 919-369-7045

Register of Deeds Six Month 2020 Report on Wake County
Vital Statistics

Marriage licenses down due to COVID-19 constraints

Raleigh, NC – Charles P. Gilliam, Wake County Register of Deeds, has released Wake County vital statistics for the first six months of 2020.

Both births and deaths were lower compared to the same six-month period in 2019.

The main change for 2020 was a decline of 16% in marriage licenses issued. Register of Deeds Charles Gilliam states “in the 2020 first quarter, marriage licenses were up 18% but then dropped off 38% in the second quarter. An executive order of March 27, 2020 made traditional religious weddings largely unworkable and on that same date Wake County magistrates suspended performing civil marriages for three weeks. These events, combined with general concerns about the pandemic, curtained the demand for marriage licenses.”

The Wake County Register of Deeds continues to issue marriages licenses virtually using video technology. It is not necessary for couples to physically visit the Register of Deeds office in the Wake County Justice Center to obtain a marriage license.

The following table shows marriage licenses issued, birth and death certificates recorded and Wake County organic growth for the first half of 2020 as compared to the same period in 2019.

2020 2019 Vitals Statistics


Methodology and other information

Long-term vital statistics data is available from the Register of Deeds at http://www.wakegov.com/news/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=1131

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 created when the underlying event takes place in Wake County. All counts are consistently based on the month a birth or death is recorded.

Organic growth is defined as births minus deaths. Approximately 19% of Wake County births are to mothers who live outside Wake County and those births are included in the number of births.

Marriage data is the number of marriage licenses issued by the Wake County Register of Deeds. The actual marriage typically takes place on a later date. 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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