Births and deaths

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Sources: Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency: Vital statistics in the UK – births, deaths and marriages

Notes:

  • The chart shows the number live births and deaths in the United Kingdom from 1930 to 2019.
  • For England and Wales, birth statistics are based on the number of births occurring in the year, while Scotland and Northern Ireland statistics relate to the number of births registered in the year. In England and Wales, where a birth is registered too late to be included in the count for the year of occurrence, it will be included in the count for the following year.
  • Death statistics are based on the number of deaths registered in the year, rather than deaths occurring in a calendar year.

For further detail on methodology access the ONS user guide to mortality statistics and ONS user guide to birth statistics