Recently, I had the opportunity to review the Michigan statistics regarding birth and death rates (year 2010).  The data is fascinating to me. Amazingly, in Michigan there are 314 live births each day. Each one is a miracle. Of those 314 births, 6 sets of twins come into this world and 27 enter with low a birth weight.

Birth and Death Information: Michigan

On an average day, 148 lovers marry and 96 couples divorce.  It appears the business of marriage is still outpacing the business of divorce. One thing is for certain, people will continue to get married and continue to end most of those marriages in divorce.

Sadly, there are 241 deaths each day.  This means that births are slightly outpacing deaths in Michigan.  This seems to indicate the Michigan’s population will increase from year to year. However, that is not the case.  Birth rates in the United States and Michigan were unexpectedly high for twenty years after World War II, but then declined.  Since the 1980s, birth rates have fallen slowly.  The annual number of births in Michigan has fluctuated, depending upon the number of women of childbearing age.  In 1980, there were about 65,000 more births than deaths in the state than deaths.  That is no longer the case.  Births peaked at 200,000 at the height of the Baby Boom era and are down to about 115,000 per year now.

The Probate Pro explains Michigan death certificates:

I found the breakdown of deaths to be interesting. Of the deaths, 2 are infant deaths per day and 3 are suicides. A tragic 56 are cancer related and 64 are related to heart disease. There are about 10 deaths per day by accidents and incredibly almost 2 homicides per day. We live in a violent world. For more information on these statistics check out the Michigan Department of Community Health statistics. 

Birth and Death Records: How to Order Records?

Order Certificates

The following records are on file with the Michigan Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics for events that occurred in the State of Michigan:

 Birth Certificates1867-present
 Death Certificates1867-present
 Marriage Records1867-present
 Divorce Records1897-present
 Affidavit of ParentageJune 1, 1997-present (Records filed prior to 1997 may be obtained from the court where they were filed.)

There are a few ways to order these records:

  • By Mail- Records can be ordered by United States Postal Service by downloading and completing the application from this website.
  • Online- Records can be ordered online through Vital Check.
  • Phone- Records can be ordered by calling VitalChek at 866-443-9897.
  • In Person-Records can be ordered In-person by appointment only. Dates and Times are limited to Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am – 2:00pm. Click here to schedule an appointment.

Questions: You can call The Probate Pro at (833) PROBATE.