|Compare by Region: The colored gauge gives a visual representation of how your community is doing in comparison to other communities. The three-colored dial represents the distribution of values from the reporting regions (e.g. counties in the state) ordered from those doing the best to those doing the worst (sometimes lower values are better and in other cases higher values are better). From that distribution, the green represents the top 50th percentile, the yellow represents the 25th to 50th percentile, and the red represents the "worst" quartile.|
|Compare by Average: This gauge shows how the Orleans Parish value compares with the median or mean value for all counties in the state (or all US counties) when being higher (or lower) is good or bad.|
|Compare by Average: This gauge shows how the Orleans Parish value compares with the median or mean value for all counties in the state (or all US counties)when being higher (or lower) is not necessarily good or bad|
|Compare by Time Period: This gauge shows whether the Orleans Parish value is increasing or decreasing over time. A green arrow means the value is improving and a red arrow means the value is getting worse. The = (equal) sign means that there is not a significant increase or decrease since the last measurement. Target: This gauge shows whether or not the Orleans Parish value meets a specific target. The Orleans Parish value is represented by the left bar and the target value by the right bar.|
|Target: This gauge shows whether or not a specific target is met. A green check means the target is met and a red means the target is not met.|
Unit: fertility rate/1,000 females 15-49
|What is this Indicator? |
The number of live births per 1,000 females of child-bearing age (15-49 years of age), annually.
|Why this is important: |
Tracking fertility rates helps support social planning and allocation of basic resources. High fertility rates, sustained over time create large populations of children and youth in a community. This is important to the community because of the increase need for such community services such as schools, childcare, etc.
|Technical Note: The distribution is based on 62 (of 72 total) neighborhoods in Orleans Parish. Neighborhood level estimates are calculated from three years of vital statistics data (2006-2008) in order to stabilize small values. Births are for those mothers who resided in Orleans Parish. Population estimates in the denominator are from the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Estimates (2005-2009); chosen instead of the US Census 2010 to be more comparable with numerator values which are a grouping of several earlier years, and because ACS reports population totals at the census tract level necessary for neighborhood calculations. The ACS population estimates are more reliable; however less current. Neighborhoods with < 1000 populations are omitted, including three housing developments with populations under 2,000, but known to have lost population as a result of hurricane Katrina. Parish level rates may differ slightly from those published elsewhere, due mostly to different sources of denominator populations and/or different years of data. Limitations of Data: Neighborhood level estimates are less reliable than Parish level due to small numbers. Likewise, rates from neighborhoods with large numbers of people are more accurate than those with small numbers. Nine percent of all births in Orleans parish (2006 to 2008) were not included in the neighborhood level estimates due to incorrect or unreported addresses, necessary for geo-coding to the neighborhood. This will likely lower rates slightly, and may also affect neighborhood comparisons if the omitted addresses, as a percent of the population, differ by neighborhood.|
|Source: Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services äóñ Vital Statistics|
|URL of Data: >http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/offices/reports.asp?ID=275&Detail=351|
|Last Update: 2011-04-13|
|Maintained By: LOUISIANA PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE|