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Data & Statistics
Vital Statistics Data Requests

The Office of Vital Statistics makes available certain data collected from New York City birth and death certificates, including terminations of pregnancy. New York City law protects the confidentiality of this information and, therefore, data release and use may be denied or restricted.

Publically available data

Simple counts, percentages, and rates not found in the annual Summary or interactive data tool may be made available if DOHMH determines they pose no risk for personal re-identification. Examples of the types of data that can be obtained:

  • What was the birth rate for Asian women living in Brooklyn from 2005 to 2007?
  • How many people died in traffic accidents in Staten Island in 2009?
  • How many Hispanic births that occurred during 2008 in Brooklyn weighed less than 2,500 grams?

Publically available data request form

If aggregated data is deemed identifiable, you will be informed and certain restrictions may apply as explained below in the section “Data requiring permissions.”

Data requiring permissions

Three kinds of Vital Statistics data require a signed Data Use Agreement, which limits possession and permissible uses of the information.

  1. Aggregate data deemed potentially identifiable and/or unreliable
    Some aggregated data, (e.g., small geographic areas and/or time-limited periods) may be deemed identifiable as new data privacy research has demonstrated   opportunities for individual re-identification. Certain restrictions apply. Please use Data Request Form to make such a request.
  2. Limited Use Datasets: Line listed pre-defined data sets – identifiers removed:
    DOHMH provides pre-defined identifiable Limited Use Birth and Death Datasets available from 1996 forward. These contain sufficient individual characteristics of births and deaths that potentiate individual re-identification even though direct identifiers (e.g. names, address, etc.) literals and exact dates are removed. Data sets are accompanied by file formats describing the specific variables included. Certain restrictions apply.
  3. Customized Identifiable Data:
    If more select or detailed data than that available in the Limited Use Birth and/or Death data is needed for your project, you may request customized datasets. Certain restrictions apply. Apply now.

For more information, please contact vsdata@health.nyc.gov.