Category: Deaths

QuickStats: Average Number of Stroke Deaths per Day, by Month and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

In 2021, the average number of stroke deaths per day was highest in January (275 for females and 212 for males) and then declined to a monthly low in June (235 for females and 180 for males). Beginning in July, the average number of stroke deaths per day increased for each successive month through the Read More >

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Life Expectancy Increases, However Suicides Up in 2022

Image on left shows smiling older man embracing contented baby with text on right stating life expectancy at birth increased more than a year from 2021 to 2022.

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released two reports today examining provisional mortality data from 2022. While analysis shows the number and rate of suicides increased for the second year in a row from, overall life expectancy at birth increased by just over a year. This increase regains some of the 2.4 years of life Read More >

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Fetal Mortality Declined 5% Between 2021 and 2022

An image on the left shows a white flower floating on the water, and a transparent background box on the right states the overall fetal mortality rate declined 5% from 2021 to 2022.

According to analysis of data from the National Vital Statistics System, the overall fetal mortality rate in the United States declined 5% between 2021 and 2022, from 5.73 fetal deaths per 1,000 live births and fetal deaths to 5.45. The Vital Statistics Rapid Release, “Fetal Mortality in the United States: Final 2020-2021 and 2021-Provisional 2022” Read More >

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Infant Mortality Rate Sees First Rise in 20 Years

A white Calla lily flower and a lit white candle. The infant mortality rate increased 3% from 2021 to 2022.

A new Vital Statistics Rapid Release report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the provisional infant mortality rate for the United States in 2022 rose 3% from 2021, the first year-to-year increase in the rate since 2001 to 2002. From 2002 to 2021 the infant mortality rate declined 22%. Detailed findings in Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Stroke, by Region — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2001–2021

Chart of death rates for stroke by U.S. region from 2001–2021.

The age-adjusted death rate for stroke declined for all regions from 2001 to 2021. Stroke death rates declined from 2001 through 2013 for persons living in the South (63.0 to 39.5 per 100,000 population) and Midwest (59.4 to 37.4), through 2014 for persons living in the West (60.9 to 33.8), and through 2019 for persons Read More >

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QuickStats: Sepsis-Related Death Rates Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years, by Age Group and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

In 2021, the sepsis-related death rate among persons aged ≥65 years was 330.9 deaths per 100,000 population; the rate among men (371.7) was higher than that among women (297.4). Sepsis-related death rates among men were higher than those among women in each age group: 232.7 versus 173.0 (65–74 years), 477.3 versus 349.8 (75–84 years), and Read More >

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QuickStats: Number of Deaths Resulting from Being Bitten or Struck by a Dog, by Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2011–2021

During 2011–2021, a total of 468 deaths from being bitten or struck by a dog occurred (average = 43 deaths per year). The annual number of deaths ranged from 31 (2016) to 81 (2021). During 2011–2016, more deaths occurred among males than among females during most years; however, during 2017–2021, more deaths occurred among females Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Death Involving Exposure to Excessive Heat Among States with the Highest Numbers of Deaths — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

The 2021 age-adjusted heat-related death rate for the United States was 0.4 deaths per 100,000 population. A total of 1,600 deaths were reported, and nine states accounted for >75% (1,226) of those deaths. Arizona recorded 426 deaths and had the highest rate (5.2 per 100,000), followed by Nevada (4.6), Oregon (2.4), Washington (1.9), and Louisiana Read More >

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QuickStats: Unintentional Drowning Death Rates of Children and Adolescents Aged 0–17 Years, by Sex and Age Group — United States, 2020–2021

During 2020–2021, the unintentional drowning death rate was 1.1 deaths per 100,000 population among children and adolescents aged 0–17 years. Rates were higher among males (1.5) than females (0.7). Among children aged <1 year, boys and girls had similar unintentional drowning death rates (1.0), whereas rates were higher for males than for females among those Read More >

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QuickStats: Number of Deaths from Hornet, Wasp, and Bee Stings Among Males and Females — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2011–2021

During 2011–2021, a total of 788 deaths from hornet, wasp, and bee stings occurred (an average of 72 deaths per year). The annual number of deaths ranged from 59 (2012) to 89 (2017). Overall, 84% of deaths occurred among males. Source: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality Data, 2011–2021. https://wonder.cdc.gov/Deaths-by-Underlying-Cause.html Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates, for Pedestrians Involved in a Collision with a Motor Vehicle, by Race and Hispanic Origin — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021

In 2021, a total of 8,392 deaths from pedestrian-involved collisions with motor vehicles occurred. The age-adjusted death rate from such collisions was highest for American Indian or Alaska Native persons (8.2 deaths per 100,000 standard population), followed by Black or African American (4.4), Hispanic or Latino (3.0), White (1.9), and Asian (1.4) persons. Source: National Vital Read More >

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Suicide and Homicide Rates Increase Among Young Americans

A circle image on the left shows a female therapist with a warm smile encouraging a young boy patient. She is dressed in a suit with a folder in her lap and the boy is looking up at her. Text to the right of the image states that in 2021, 14.9% of children ages 5–17 had received mental health treatment in the past 12 months.

NCHS released a new report that uses the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to update a previous report. The report presents trends from 2001 to 2021 in suicide and homicide rates for young people ages 10‒24 and for age groups 10‒14, 15‒19, and 20‒24. Findings: After no significant change between Read More >

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Colon Cancer Deaths in the United States: 1999-2021

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Year Deaths Age Adjusted Rate* 1999 48,433 17.7 2000 48,570 17.6 2001 47,860 17 2002 47,586 16.6 2003 46,868 16.1 2004 44,591 15.1 2005 43,989 14.6 2006 44,061 14.3 2007 43,969 14 2008 43,396 13.6 2009 42,199 12.9 2010 42,009 12.6 2011 41,822 12.2 2012 41,488 11.9 2013 41,502 11.6 2014 41,526 11.4 2015 42,126 Read More >

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New Report Confirms U.S. Life Expectancy has Declined to Lowest Level Since 1996

Picture of several white pills. Text says in 2021, the drug overdose death rate rose 15% from the previous year.

U.S. Life Expectancy decreased in 2021 for the second consecutive year, according to final mortality data released today. The drop was primarily due to increases in COVID-19 and drug overdose deaths.  The data are featured in two new reports from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). “Mortality in the United States: 2021” features the Read More >

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More Than 3,500 Americans Have Died from Long COVID-Related Illness in the First 30 Months of the Pandemic

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Death certificate analysis shows that long COVID played a part in 3,544 deaths in the United States from January 2020 through the end of June 2022. Long COVID deaths represented less than 1% of the 1,021,487 deaths for which COVID-19 was the underlying or contributing cause of death in that period. These findings are included Read More >

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Drug & Alcohol Deaths on the Rise Among Older Americans

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Drug and alcohol abuse have impacted seniors in the United States as it has among younger Americans. Over 5,000 people ages 65 and over in the U.S. died of a drug overdose in 2020, and more than twice that many (11,616) died of alcohol-induced causes. The data are featured in two new reports released today Read More >

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QuickStats: Drug Overdose Death Rates Among Persons Aged ≥15 Years, by Age Group and Urban-Rural Status — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2020

During 2020, death rates for drug overdose causes were higher in urban areas than in rural areas for those aged 15–24 years (17.2 compared with 13.3), 45–64 years (43.4 compared with 33.5), and ≥65 years (10.0 compared with 6.2). Among adults aged 25–44, drug overdose death rates were not significantly different between urban and rural Read More >

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QuickStats: Death Rates for Drug Overdose Among Persons Aged 25–44 Years, by Race and Ethnicity— United States, 2000–2020

From 2000 to 2013, the rate for drug overdose death increased for non-Hispanic White (White) persons aged 25–44 years but was stable for non-Hispanic Black (Black) and Hispanic persons in this age group. From 2013 to 2020, rates increased for all groups, from 30.2 to 63.8 per 100,000 population for White persons, from 12.0 to Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Rates of Alcohol-Induced Deaths by Urban-Rural Status — United States, 2000–2020

Chart of age-adjusted rates of alcohol-induced deaths by urban-rural status — United States, 2000–2020

The age-adjusted rate of alcohol-induced deaths in 2020 was 13.1 per 100,000 standard population. From 2000 to 2020, the rate increased in both urban and rural counties: from 7.1 to 12.7 in urban counties and from 7.0 to 15.8 in rural counties. From 2019 to 2020, the rate increased by 26% for urban counties and 30% for rural counties, which Read More >

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PODCAST: COVID-19 Mortality by Occupation and Industry

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We talked this week with Ari Minino, a statistician with the NCHS Division of Vital Statistics and co-author on a new report out on October 28th on COVID-19 mortality in 2020 by occupation and industry.  The report was a collaborative analysis conducted by NCHS and NIOSH - the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Stroke Among Adults Aged ≥ 65 Years, by Region and Metropolitan Status — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2020

In 2020, the age-adjusted death rate for stroke among adults aged ≥65 years was 260.5 deaths per 100,000 population with rates lower in metropolitan compared with nonmetropolitan areas (259.4 versus 265.5). The rate was highest among those living in the South (288.2) and lowest among those living in the Northeast (199.1). In the Northeast, the Read More >

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QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Death Rates from Stroke Among Adults Aged ≥65 Years, by Race and Hispanic Origin — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2000–2020

Age-adjusted death rates from stroke among adults aged ≥65 years generally declined from 425.9 deaths per 100,000 standard population in 2000 to 250.0 in 2019 before increasing to 260.5 in 2020. During 2019–2020, stroke death rates increased for Hispanic adults (from 221.6 to 234.0), non-Hispanic Asian or Pacific Islander adults (from 203.9 to 216.4), non-Hispanic Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Total Deaths, by Age and Hispanic Origin and Race — United States, 2020

Significant differences in the age distribution of deaths by race and ethnicity were observed in the United States during 2020. Decedents aged <65 years accounted for 26% of all U.S. deaths, but they accounted for approximately 50% of deaths among American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (NH/OPI) persons, Read More >

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Provisional Drug Overdose Deaths from 12 months ending in April 2022

New provisional data show that the number of drug overdose deaths occurring in the United States increased by almost 7% from the 12 months ending in April 2021 to the 12 months ending in April 2022, from 101,167 to 108,174. The number of opioid-involved drug overdose deaths in the United States for the 12-month period Read More >

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PODCAST: Life Expectancy Fell in 2021 for the Second Year in a Row

https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/podcasts/2022/20220831/20220831.htm HOST: In 2020, the United States experienced the biggest one-year drop in life expectancy since World War II, mostly due to the pandemic.  All 50 states had declines in life expectancy that year.  These declines were detailed in a new report released in mid-August.  On the last day of the month, NCHS released new estimates for 2021, Read More >

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