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Annual Report of the Registrar General: Northern Ireland

Creator:

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

In 2009 there were 14,400 deaths registered in Northern Ireland, a decrease of 3 per cent from 2008. Last year also saw the lowest death rate in the history of Northern Ireland. These are some of the findings in the Annual Report of the Registrar General published by the Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) 30th November.  The report provides information on births, deaths, marriages, civil partnerships, adoptions and divorces registered in 2009. The Northern Ireland population is increasing in size and becoming older and this trend is set to continue. Over the next five decades Northern Ireland’s population is projected to age faster than all the other United Kingdom countries. Therefore this year the report contains an article entitled “Northern Ireland: An Ageing Population” written by NISRA.Key Findings ·         The size of the Northern Ireland resident population rose in the year to 30 June 2009 by 13,900 people or 0.8 per cent to 1,788,900; ·         there are more births than deaths in Northern Ireland leading to the population growing through natural change. In the year to 30 June 2009, births exceeded deaths by 10,600;  ·         in the future the Northern Ireland population is projected to reach 2 million by the early 2030s; and ·         population projections indicate a marked increase in the size of the population at older ages.  The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to increase by around 13 per cent in the next five years and by around 43 per cent over the fifteen year period between 2008 and 2023. DEATHS – Lowest death rate on record ·         The number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland last year was 14,413, a decrease of 494 deaths or 3 per cent on the 2008 figure of 14,907; ·         the overall crude death rate in Northern Ireland has fallen significantly over the last thirty years from 11.0 deaths per 1,000 population in 1979 to 8.1 deaths per 1,000 population in 2009; the lowest death rate on record; ·         the reduction in the death rate in recent years has occurred despite the population increasing in size and containing a higher proportion of older people. Indeed, if the age-specific death rates of 1979 still applied, the number of deaths registered in 2009 would have been just under 26,800; almost 12,400 higher than the actual number registered;  ·         in 2009, 3,885 people died from cancer, a slight decrease on the 2008 figure of 3,971. Prior to 2007 the number of deaths due to cancer had remained broadly stable over the last decade at about 3,700 per year. Cancer deaths represent 27 per cent of all deaths registered in 2009 compared to 17 per cent of all deaths in 1979. In contrast, 2,305 people died from ischaemic heart disease in 2009, a decrease of 53 per cent from the 1979 figure of 4,923 deaths; and ·         in 2009, a total of 283 people died from alcohol related deaths, this is 63 per cent higher than the 174 deaths registered in 1999.  There were 84 drug related deaths in Northern Ireland in 2009, this is more than two-thirds higher than the 50 deaths registered in 1999.  More information: “Northern Ireland: An Ageing Population”: Gillian McCrory, Naomi O’Neill, Jos IJpelaar and David Marshall, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. Full report:Annual Report of the Registrar General published by the Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA)  

Date:

30/11/2010

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. (2010) Annual Report of the Registrar General: Northern Ireland [Online]. Available from: http://www.thehealthwell.info/node/45445 [Accessed: 23rd October 2017].

  

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