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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where can I get a copy of a birth, death, marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership certificate?
    Individual certificates are available from the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry.

  • I'm looking for the latest vital event data available.  The data on the website are a couple years old.
    All data on our website are the most recent finalized data available.  Final birth and death data are posted to the website within a few days of becoming available.  Because of the time required and the various external agencies relied upon to collect, process, check, and possibly correct birth and death certificate data, some of which come to us from other states and even other countries, the finalized data we publish are always behind by a few years.

  • What happened to the New Jersey Health Statistics annual reports of births, deaths, and other health statistics?
    That report series has been replaced by health indicator profile reports.  The indexes for Birth and Infant Health and Mortality and Leading Causes of Death basically follow the tables in the old reports.

  • Where can I get the number of births or deaths for a specific county or town in New Jersey?
    The NJSHAD query system allows users to create customized tables of state, county, and municipality data.

  • What are the leading causes of death in NJ?
    The most current ranking can be found by on NJSHAD by selecting the Leading Causes of Death folder and then select the By Cause folder.

  • Where can I find disease incidence and prevalence data?
    State law requires that certain diseases, such as cancer and over 50 communicable diseases, be reported to NJDOH.  However, most diseases and conditions do not have to be reported. Datasets for reportable diseases are maintained by the office that has programmatic responsibility for that particular topic.  Estimates of the incidence or prevalence of non-reportable diseases and conditions are sometimes available from the office that has programmatic responsibility for that particular topic.  Links on the NJDOH home page will also guide you to the appropriate office. 

  • What are the leading causes of morbidity in NJ, my county, and my town?  What are the top health issues facing people in NJ, a certain county, or a particular town?
    Unfortunately, we don’t have an answer for that.  Morbidity (the prevalence or incidence of a disease or condition) data are not available for all diseases, so there is no easy way to rank them.  Additionally, there is no standard definition of what conditions should be included when ranking morbidity, like there is for mortality.  In other words, is it only life-threatening conditions or do we include mild and moderate conditions?

    Top health issues present a similar problem.  There is no standard definition.  Are you only considering diagnosable conditions or are you also considering things like lack of health insurance coverage, access to primary care doctors, or the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in the area? 

    For these types of questions, you may be able to get some guidance from the county or local health department or a community organization engaged in health improvement practices in that area.

  • Where can I find population estimates, per capita personal income, and unemployment data?
    The State Data Center, located in the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, maintains these data.  The US Census Bureau’s website also has numerous tools for accessing this type of data.

  • Where can I find data and information about services available for disabilities, mental health, Medicaid, or addictions?
    These programs are all located in the NJ Department of Human Services.

  • Where can I find data on hospitalizations and ER visits?
    The Office of Health Care Quality Assessment is responsible for these topics