Death rate by age and sex in the U.S. 2017

Death rate in the United States in 2017, by age and gender (per 100,000 of population)

by Erin Duffin, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Death rate by age and sex in the U.S. 2017 In the United States in 2017, the death rate was highest among those aged 85 and over, with about 14,689.2 men and 12,966.5 women per 100,000 of the population passing away. For all ages, the death rate was at 897.2 per 100,000 of the population for males, and 831.4 per 100,000 of the population for women.
The death rate

Death rates generally are counted as the number of deaths per 1,000 or 100,000 of the population and include both deaths of natural and unnatural causes. The death rate in the United States has pretty much held steady since 1990. While the birth rate in the United States has been decreasing, it is currently higher than the death rate.

Causes of death

There are a myriad number of causes of death in the United States, but the most recent data shows the top three leading causes of death to be heart disease, cancer, and accidents. Heart disease was also the leading cause of death worldwide.
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Death rate in the United States in 2017, by age and gender (per 100,000 of population)

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