North Carolina Vital Statistics

Study Overview


The North Carolina State Center for Health Services (SCHS) compiles yearly data on vital records such as deaths, births, fetal deaths, matched birth/infant deaths, marriages, and divorces. Yearly reports on state population, births, deaths, marriages, and divorces are available from 1914 to 2012; reports on causes of mortality are available for 1971 to 2012. Additionally, public use data files for vital events beginning in 1968 can be downloaded from the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact and Data Access

1. I will use the dataset solely for statistical analysis and reporting of aggregated information and not for investigation of a specific individual or organization. 2. I will produce no links among the Distributors' datasets or among the Distributor's data and other datasets that could identify individuals or organizations. 3. I represent neither I, nor anyone I know, has any prior knowledge of the possible identification of any study participants in any dataset that I am being licensed to use. 4. I will not knowingly divulge any information that could be used to identify individual participants in the study, nor will I attempt to identify or contact any study participant and I agree to use any precautions necessary to prevent such identification. 5. I will not reproduce the dataset except as it is necessary for scholarly purposes. I will destroy the dataset upon completion of my scholarly work with it. 6. I will not share data from the dataset (in any form or by any means) with any third party, as I understand that all users of the data must obtain it directly from the distributor. 7. I will make appropriate acknowledgement of the contributor and distributor of the dataset in any manuscript or publication. 8. The distributor makes no warranties, express or implied, by operation of law or otherwise regarding or relating to the dataset.
Citation Requirements: 
Any publication using the data files should acknowledge the State Center for Health Statistics (SCHS) and the Howard W. Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC at Chapel Hill as the source of data. Such an acknowledgment should make it clear that these agencies are responsible for the original data only, and not for any content of the publication.
The original collector of the data, SSRI, and the relevant funding agencies, bear no responsibility for the use of the data or for interpretations and inferences based upon such users.

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