Declining Births Trend Continues for Greater Cincinnati Region

Relative to national figures, fewer babies are being born in the Greater Cincinnati region over the past several years. A significant drop in live births began in 2010 from which the region has yet to recover.

In the period from 1980 to 2009, Greater Cincinnati average annual births were 29,051, as opposed to 27,160 in 2010-2016. This is a decline of 6.5 percent from the 1980-2009 time period compared to the 2010-2016 time period. As the downward trend continued, births in 2016 totaled 26,846 at Greater Cincinnati hospitals, the second lowest total since 1980 (behind only the 26,676 figure in 2013).

In that same period of 2010-2016, nationally, there were 3,967,303 live births compared to 3,959,138 from 1980-2009 (which is a 0.2 percent increase vs. our region’s 6.5 decrease).

Declining Births Chart 2-2017

Interestingly, when comparing births in our region to births nationally:

  • From 1980-1987, there was one baby born in a Greater Cincinnati hospital for every 130 babies born in the country.
  • From 1988-2009, there was one baby born in a Greater Cincinnati hospital for every 139 babies born in the country.
  • From 2010-2016, there was one baby born in a Greater Cincinnati hospital for every 146 babies born in the country.

This long-term trend spanning three decades shows how fewer babies are being born in Greater Cincinnati hospitals relative to the number of babies being born across the US.
“We’re not really sure why Greater Cincinnati has seen fewer births compared to national figures,” said Jason Bubenhofer, Manager of Business Intelligence at the Health Collaborative. “But this is a trend that we’re going to start watching more closely in the coming months and years. There may be potential consideration for employers in their long-term business planning and that is a facet that we want to keep monitoring.”


At The Health Collaborative, we gather clinical data and conduct studies on a wide variety of health and healthcare topics to support and encourage improvement and transparency. Our Business Intelligence service line provides data and technology services to the healthcare delivery community, making statistics, shared learnings, and other valuable information available for quality improvement, marketing, human resources, and advocacy purposes.

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