Idaho publishes data about births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and more

April 18, 2023
IDHW Communications

The top three leading causes of death in Idaho in 2021 were diseases of the heart, cancer, and COVID-19. Almost 9,000 Idahoans died of those causes out of 18,334 total deaths. The next three categories--accidents, respiratory diseases, and Alzheimer's disease--resulted in fewer than 3,000 deaths.

At the same time, there were 14,030 marriages, 6,392 divorces, and 22,427 babies born to Idahoans in 2021. More than 6,000 babies were born to unmarried parents.

The total population in the state in 2021 was 1,900,923 people.

We know all of this and more because the Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics at the Department of Health and Welfare registers and documents records of vital events that happen to all Idahoans, including births, deaths, marriages, and divorce.

The bureau also issues copies of vital records, such as birth certificates, to those who are legally allowed to have them.

The bureau also provides public health data and analysis of health trends that can be used to develop and shape future health interventions and programs.

The bureau has recently published two items:

The violent death reporting dashboard collects information about deaths of Idaho residents that are a result of force or power against self or others. It includes homicides, suicides, deaths from legal intervention, deaths of undetermined intent, and deaths from the accidental discharge of a firearm.

The fact sheet is a summary of Idaho’s population, births, deaths, marriages, and divorces for residents for 2021, the year for which we have the most current and complete data.

See more fact sheets and annual reports at:

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is dedicated to strengthening the health, safety, and independence of Idahoans. Learn more at 

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