|Births outside marriage||4,900||5,000|
|Births outside marriage to teenage mothers||700||650|
Births increase again
There were 15,900 births registered in quarter 3 2003, an increase of 300 on the quarter 3 2002 figure, the highest they have been in the last decade with a birth rate of 16.0 per 1,000 population.
These figures are contained in the Central Statistics Office's Vital Statistics, Third Quarter 2003 report.
A total of 6,200 births (40%) were to first time mothers in quarter 3 2003. Second time mothers had 5,200 births (33%). On the other hand, only 27% of mothers already had two or more liveborn children, reflecting the trend towards smaller family sizes. See page 9 of the report.
Over 30% of births in quarter 3 2003 (or 5,000) were outside marriage. A total of 650 teenagers had babies in quarter 3 2003; 9 of these were aged under 16. Over 27% of births outside marriage were to women aged 30 years and over. See page 9 of report.
The highest percentage of births outside marriage occurred in Limerick City at 55%, while the county with the lowest percentage was Galway County at 18%. See page 12 of report.
The average age at maternity was 30.6 years in quarter 3 2003 while the average age at first birth was 28.3 years. See page 10 of report.
There were 8,000 marriages registered in quarter 3 2003. This is a rise of 100 from the quarter 3 2002 figure. This corresponds to a rate of 8.0 per 1,000 population, 0.1 below the annual marriage rate of quarter 3 2002.
Causes of Death
The report also shows that 6,600 deaths were registered in quarter 3 2003, a decrease of 300 on quarter 3 2002. This corresponds to a rate of 6.7 persons per 1,000 population. See Table 8, page 14 of report. Breaking down the total deaths reveals that:
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28 January 2004
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