Tables: Births and Deaths by Month, 1995-2002

Federal statistics show regular seasonal patterns for births and deaths in the United States: Births tend to peak in August and September, just as deaths hit their nadir.

Experts who have studied the trends don't agree on a cause for the fluctuating birth rate -- but most suggest factors including climate, biology and cultural traditions.

Death rates are believed to fluctuate according to the flu season. When flu is common, the elderly and ill are vulnerable, U.S. government demographers say.

Below are charts demonstrating the seasonal fluctuations in births and deaths over the period from 1995-2002.

U.S. Births by Month, 1995-2002
  Total Births Avg. per Day
January   2,582,009   10,411.33
February   2,409,565   10,661.79
March   2,645,413   10,666.99
April   2,537,816   10,574.23
May   2,673,858   10,781.69
June   2,629,368   10,955.70
July   2,788,695   11,244.74
August   2,813,582   11,345.09
September   2,740,831   11,420.13
October   2,694,594   10,865.30
November   2,532,156   10,550.65
December   2,631,533   10,611.02
1995-2002 Total   31,679,420   10,841.69

U.S. Deaths by Month, 1995-2002
  Total Deaths Avg. per Day
January   1,824,419   7,356.53
February   1,600,464   7,081.70
March   1,694,060   6,830.89
April   1,553,365   6,472.35
May   1,544,836   6,229.18
June   1,461,902   6,091.26
July   1,495,354   6,029.65
August   1,479,771   5,966.82
September   1,452,281   6,051.17
October   1,563,801   6,305.65
November   1,560,398   6,501.66
December   1,729,926   6,975.51
1995-2002 Total   18,960,577   6,488.90

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