Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Department of Health and Human Resources' latest vital statistics report shows births continue to outpace deaths in West Virginia.
The report covers 2007 and shows births exceeded deaths by 950, or 22,017 births versus 21,067 deaths.
That's the fourth straight year births have surpassed deaths.
Heart disease remained the state's leading cause of death.
West virginia's infant mortality rate remained the same at 7.4 per 1,000 live births. The rate was above the national rate of 6.9.
Nearly 27 percent of women who gave birth in 2007 said they smoked during their pregnancy.
And children who were born in 2007 were likely to be named Jacob, Ethan, Logan, Matthew and Austin Hunter if they were a boy, and Madison, Emma, Abigail, Emily and Hannah for girls.
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