Dr. Rogelio Sáenz’s new research finds white deaths exceed births in one-third of U.S. states

White Deaths Exceed Births in One-Third of U.S. States

Dean Saenz

Rogelio Sáenz, University of New Hampshire

Kenneth M. Johnson, University of New Hampshire
In this brief, authors Rogelio Sáenz and Kenneth Johnson report that there were more white deaths than births in seventeen states in 2014, compared to just four states in 2004. This is the highest number of states with white natural decrease (more deaths than births) in U.S. history. Several of these states are among the nation’s most populous and urbanized. The rising number of older adults, the falling number of women of childbearing age, and lower fertility rates diminished the number of white births and increased the number of white deaths. The authors conclude with a discussion of the major policy implications of this growing incidence of white natural decrease and the increasing shift to a more racially/ethnically diverse U.S. population. Their work is based on data from the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control.  Visit the UNH scholars webpage for the full report or download brief.  You may also view the press release here.