Broken Hill’s mini baby boom
Monday, 6th January, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
As we enter the new decade it’s only natural to reminisce about the previous one, and that decade saw a lot of babies born locally.
Since 2010 a total of 2,189 babies have been born locally.
With 218 born in 2019, there was an extensive increase from 2018 which had only 179 births and 2017, with just 190 babies born.
2016 saw a total of 223 births in the Broken Hill Health Service Maternity Unit, while 2015 had the same amount as last year (2019) with 218 babies born.
Throughout the course of 2014 there were 225 births, slightly up from the 223 that were born in 2013. The year of 2012 saw 251 births, the highest number of babies born in a year throughout the whole decade. In 2011 there were 212 babies born and the first year of the previous decade had 250 births, just one shy of the highest total births.
Australians appear set in their ways when it comes to naming their babies, as the popular baby names statistics from the New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages show some consistency over the past decade.
Since 2010 until 2019 the names in the top ten popular names across the state have rarely fluctuated.
The names have essentially remained the same with the occasional random name being included, the consistent names just change ranking order.
The most popular throughout the decade appears to be Oliver for a boy, sitting at number one on the list since 2014 and within the top ten from 2010. For the girls, Charlotte has proven to be the most popular coming in at number one in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018, as well as being in the top ten in all other years this decade.
Other popular names which have been in the top ten from 2010 until now include William, Noah, Jack and Lucas for the boys. The girl’s popular names include Amelia, Mia, and Olivia, as well as Ava which was in the top ten from 2012 onwards.