U.S. Statistics on multiple births in 2002

(Statistics according to the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

-- Number of live multiple births in 2002: 132,535

-- Number of twin births in 2002: 125,134

-- Number of triplet births in 2002: 6,898

-- Number of quadruplet births in 2002: 434

-- Number of quintuplets and other higher-order multiple births: 69

"The twin birth rate in 2002 continued its steady climb, rising 3 percent for 2002 to 31.1 per 1,000. The twinning rate has risen 38 percent since 1990, and 65 percent since 1980. The rate of triplet and higher order multiple births (triplet/+) declined slightly to 184.0. The decline in the triplet/+ rate in the past three to four years may signal an end to the steep hike (more than 400 percent between 1980 and 1998) in these high-risk births."

(Source: National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 52, No. 10, December 17, 2003)

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