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Finding Public Health Data and Statistics

This guide was created to help support public health students find public health and health related data and statistics. If you have any questions about this guide, please contact

About Vital Statistics

Vital statistics are data on "vital events," namely births, deaths, and civil activities like marriages and divorces.

Therefore, there are overlapping areas belonging both to the vital statistics and other topical sections of this guide.

For example, statistics on cancer mortality (the number of people who die of a certain disease compared with the total number of people) are available from the CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as well as from the National Vital Statistics Report.

Key Vital Statistics

National Vital Statistics System

The Division of Vital Statistics is part of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). This website is the starting point for information on:

  • Birth data
  • Mortality data
  • Fetal death data
  • Linked birth and death data
  • Marriages and divorces
  • National Maternal and Infant Health Survey
  • National Mortality Followback Survey

Where to Find Vital Statistics