Nebraskans tend to live to 75.5 years of age, tying the longevity record first set in 2003, according to statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Health and Human Services.
Women live longer, 78.7 years, while men live 72.2 years.
Cancer is Nebraska’s leading cause of death followed by heart disease, chronic lung disease and accidents. Motor vehicle accidents and falls were the leading causes of accidental deaths in 2012.
The number of marriages increased from 12,206 in 2011 to 12,376 in 2012. The overall marriage rate has been on the decline since 1970. More than half the marriages in 2012 involved a bride or groom who was at least 30 years old.
There were 6,307 divorces granted in 2012, down from 6,367 in 2011.
The average age of a Nebraska woman giving birth to her first child has increased over the past decade, from 24.5 years in 2000 to 25.4 years in 2012.