Vital Statistics

Vital statistics constitute the collection of statistics on vital events in a life-time of a person as well as relevant characteristics of the events themselves and of the person and persons concerned. Vital Statistics provide crucial and critical information on the population in a country (UN Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System, 2014).

The Central Statistical Office publishes Vital Statistics which comprises of Births, Deaths, Marriages and Divorces. These statistics are only possible when documents are received from the responsible Department/(s); Registrar General’s Department, Ministry of Health and the Family Court. The Central Statistical Office services data users by editing, coding and computer processing these documents before the statistical report can be prepared. While some Departments submit their completed return on time, some do not comply, causing delays in the receipt and compilation of the data.

The Central Statistical Office gratefully acknowledges the assistance and co-operation of all Departments in furnishing the basic information to produce these Vital Statistics.

Trinidad and Tobago Demographic Profile

Important aspect of demographics is “civil registration”. Administrative records on civil registration provide data on the vital events happening in a population (generally concerned with live births, deaths, marriages, and divorces).

Vital Statistics


A birth is defined as the start of life. A live birth is the birth of a child who showed any sign of life; the number of live births refers to the number of births excluding stillbirths.

Births and Natality Statistics


Death is the permanent disappearance of all evidence of life at any time after live birth has taken place. All deaths in the population are identified by the underlying cause of death

Deaths and Mortality Statistics


A marriage is the act, ceremony or process by which the legal relationship between two persons is formed. The legality of the union may be established by civil, religious or other means as recognised by the laws of the country.

Marriage Statistics


A divorce is the final legal dissolution (ending) of a marriage. A divorce is the type of separation between spouses that confers on both parties the right to remarry under civil, religious or other provisions, according to the laws of the country.

Divorce Statistics

Health Statistics

Responsibility for the provision of clinical health care services in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) was contracted out from the Ministry of Health (MOH) to the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) with the passing of the Regional Health Authorities Act No. 5 in 1994. RHAs are autonomous bodies that own and operate health facilities in their respective Regions. There are five RHAs in Trinidad & Tobago, which deliver public health care services to the population of T&T on behalf of the Ministry of Health. Source: National Strategic Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases: Trinidad & Tobago 2017-2021

hospital-building Public Health Facilities

Reproductive Health


National Women’s Health Survey for Trinidad and Tobago

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What are Vital Statistics?
The compilation of statistical information regarding major events in an individual’s life and the characteristics of those events
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Statistics and Vulnerable Groups
Statistical information on the lived realities of women and children in Trinidad and Tobago,
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Using Official Statistics for SDGs


  • 3.1.1 Maternal mortality ratio
  • 3.1.2 Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel
  • 3.2.1 Under-five mortality rate
  • 3.2.2 Neonatal mortality rate
  • 3.4.1 Mortality rate attributed to cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes or chronic respiratory disease
  • 3.4.2 Suicide mortality rate
  • 3.6.1 Death rate due to road traffic injuries
  • 3.7.2 Adolescent birth rate (aged 10-14 year; aged 15- 19 years) per 1,000 women in that age group
  • 3.9.1 Mortality rate attributed to household and ambient air pollution
  • 3.9.2 Mortality rate attributed to unsafe water, unsafe sanitation and lack of hygiene (exposure to unsafe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for All (WASH) services)
  • 3.9.3 Mortality rate attributed to unintentional poisoning
  • 5.3.1 Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18
  • 11.5.1 Number of deaths, missing persons and directly affected persons attributed to disasters per 100,000 population

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