percent of live births in 1999 were to mothers aged 35 and over.
median age of women who gave birth in 1999 was 30.2.
teen birth rate was 16.0 births per 1,000 females aged 10-19.
percent of women giving birth in 1999 were first time mothers.
50 percent of black non-Hispanic women, Hispanic women, and women
under the age of 25 who gave birth were unmarried.
15 percent of teens reported a sexually transmitted disease as a medical
risk factor and nine percent reported smoking during pregnancy.
one-quarter of births were delivered by cesarean section.
percentage of black non-Hispanic newborns of low birth weight was
1.75 times the overall percentage of low birth weight babies.
low birth weight rate among multiple births (twins, triplets, and
higher order) was more than nine times the rate for singleton births.
births accounted for 4.2 percent of all births in 1999.
classification of causes of death changed in 1999, as well as the
standard population used for age-adjustment of death rates.
age-adjusted death rate for males was 40 percent higher than for females
and the rate for blacks was 31 percent higher than that of whites.
percentage of decedents who were cremated was 48 percent higher in
1999 than a decade earlier.
expectancy for New Jersey residents born in 1999 was 77.3 years.
disease, cancer, and stroke remained the three leading causes of death
and accounted for 62 percent of all deaths in 1999.
injuries were the leading cause of death of persons under age 24.
was the leading cause of death of persons aged 25-64.
were 757 deaths from drug-related causes, 456 from alcohol-related
causes, and 366 from firearms in 1999.
infant mortality rate was slightly higher than in the previous year.
black non-Hispanic infant mortality rate was more than three times
as high as the rate for white non-Hispanic infants.
who were part of a multiple birth, had low birth weight, were premature
or whose mothers received no prenatal care, were under 20 years of
age, were unmarried, or smoked during pregnancy were more likely to
die within the first year of life.
birth weight was the leading cause of infant deaths.
median ages of brides and grooms marrying in 1999 were up slightly
to 29.4 and 31.3, respectively, for all marriages and 27.6 and 29.1,
respectively, for first marriages.
percent of brides and grooms under 25 years of age continued to decline.
number of AIDS cases diagnosed in 1999 was virtually unchanged from
the number in 1998.
highest incidence rates of AIDS were among non-Hispanic black males
cases of chlamydia increased from prior years, while reports of syphilis
decreased and gonorrhea remained virtually unchanged.
number of reported cases of Lyme disease, salmonella, and giardiasis
decreased from the previous year.
to Health Statistics 1999