Though not part of the Census Bureau, the National Center for Health Statisttics is a rich source of information about America's health.
Health statistics allow us to:
Vital Statistics 1890-2003
Annual reports that present detailed vital statistics data, including natality, mortality, marriage and divorce.
Mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) are a fundamental source of demographic, geographic, and cause-of-death information. This is one of the few sources of health-related data that are comparable for small geographic areas and are available for a long time period in the United States. The data are also used to present the characteristics of those dying in the United States, to determine life expectancy, and to compare mortality trends with other countries.