The report of the First Auditor
, to be laid before the General Assembly, shows that the whole number of births in the State
in 1860 was 41, and in 1860, 32,029.
The of births to the population in 1860, in the several district, was as follows.
In Tide water, 1 in every 41, 1 in the Valley
, 1 in every 42 join the Piedmont, 1 in every 38; in the Southwest
, 1 in every 25, in the Northwest
, 1 in every 88, and the average in the whole State was 1 in every 88.
It is interesting to contrast with the foregoing the proportion of deaths to the population in those district from which returns have been received.
, in the Tide water district the rate 1 in 91; Piedmont
, 1 in 77; Valley 1 in 100, Southwest
, 1 in 118.
The greatest variation in the results appears in the Western
The difference in the rate of births over deaths in 1859 is very striking is the Tide water district the increase is 1 in and in the Northwest
1 in 48.
1 in 67, in the Valley
, 1 in 66; in the Southwest
; 1 in 51 and in the whole State, 1 in 63.
The average age in the whole State is 23¼ years, and the lowest average in the districts 4 in the Northwest
, 18¼ years, which is accounted for by the fact that the greatest summer of births are in that district, and one-third of all the deaths falls upon the youngest class.
The Auditor calls attention to the striking fact that nearly a third of the deaths in the State
are among children under one year of age, which does not appear to the same extent elsewhere.