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New Jersey Health Statistics 1998


This report was prepared by the Center for Health Statistics, which is located in the Office of Policy and Research of the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH). The report presents selected New Jersey vital and health statistics for the calendar year 1998 and includes data on natality, mortality, marriages, divorces, and communicable diseases. In addition, population estimates for the state and each county, by age, race, sex, and Hispanic ethnicity are presented. Except where noted, data on births, deaths, and fetal deaths include all reported resident events of these types, regardless of the state of occurrence.

Marriage and divorce data encompass all of these events occurring in New Jersey, but do not include marriages and divorces of New Jersey residents that occurred outside the state. Data definitions and limitations are discussed in the Technical Notes section of the report.

There are several changes with this year's report. The report now includes natality data for all municipalities with over 35,000 residents and mortality data for all municipalities over 35,000 which are known to have a relatively low level of uncertainty in allocation of municipality. For the first time, birth data are presented separately for Asians and Pacific Islanders. Additionally, birth, infant death, and fetal death data by race and ethnicity are presented differently from previous years to coincide with the sub-objectives in Healthy New Jersey 2010 and the linked infant death-birth file has been used to evaluate infant mortality in greater detail and to make race and ethnicity comparable with the birth data used to compute infant mortality rates.

The accuracy of the data contained in this report depends on the completeness and validity of the information recorded on the various vital records. Statistics on births, deaths, fetal deaths, and marriages summarize the contents of the respective data files as of the time of preparation of the various chapters. Additions, deletions, and corrections made after that date are not reflected in the report.

Population estimates included in this report were prepared by the U.S. Bureau of the Census and were provided to the Center for Health Statistics by the New Jersey Department of Labor.

The Center for Health Statistics (CHS) staff is available to answer questions regarding the content and use of the data in this report. Data portions of this report, as well as other health-related data, are available at the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Service's Web site. Additional statistics not included in the report or on the Internet may be obtained through request to the Center. Questions or requests should be addressed to the following:

New Jersey Department of Health
Center for Health Statistics
Room 405--PO Box 360
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0360

telephone: (609) 984-6702
fax: (609) 984-7633


The author wishes to acknowledge the efforts of those without whom this report could never have been completed. In addition to staff from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Michael Duffy, Darrin Goldman, Michael Nuzzo, and Beth Ann Strom of the Center for Health Statistics (CHS) were crucial to the acquisition and quality control of the vital events data. Other staff throughout the Department provided critical assistance in the acquisition, preparation, and quality control of the information contained in this report, including Janet DeGraaf of the Communicable Disease Service and Sam Costa of the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Unit of the Division of AIDS Prevention and Control, and their respective staffs. Various staff of the Department reviewed drafts of all or portions of the report and provided valuable comments, including Priya Bhatia, Georgette Boeselager, Sandy Deshpande, Katherine Hempstead, Rose Marie Martin, Ken O'Dowd, and Beth Ann Strom of CHS.

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