British Columbians continue to live long and healthy lives, according to the 2010 Vital Statistics Annual Report from the Ministry of Health. Life expectancy in BC remains the highest in Canada at 81.7 years for 2006-10, up from 81.4. BC's population also grew naturally by 13,647 in 2010, or at rate of 2.8 per thousand. Cancer, is the leading cause of death in BC but the statistics show death rates from the disease are falling, along with those from heart disease, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis, while mortality rates for chronic diseases like diabetes have increased slightly from 2009. The government says the death rate from HIV is the lowest since 1995 and BC. is the only province showing a consistent decline in the disease, which is credited in part to the research and treatment efforts of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
BC. mothers delivered 43,667 babies in 2010. The vital statistics document also found that just more than half the 2010 births in British Columbia were from mothers aged 30-39 which continues to rise from historical levels. In recent decades there has also been a gradual increase in multiple birth rates in BC., rising from 1.9 per cent of all live births in 1986 to 3.2 per cent in 2010. The number of deaths during the year was 31,143, down slightly from the previous year, and the oldest person to die was 108.
On a typical day in BC. in 2010, there were 119 births, 86 deaths and 61 marriages. This information comes from the 139th edition of the annual report containing information collected from registrations of births, deaths, and marriages that happened in BC in 2010.