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Injury: The Leading Cause of Death Among Persons 1–44

In 2010 in the United States, injuries, including all causes of unintentional and violence-related injuries combined, accounted for 50.6% of all deaths among persons ages 1–44 years of age—that is more deaths than non-communicable diseases and infectious diseases combined.

Cause of Death Chart

Injury Deaths Compared to Other Leading Causes of Death for Persons Ages 1–44, United States, 2010*

Injury Facts

  • More than 180,000 deaths from injury each year—1 person every 3 minutes1
  • Leading cause of death for people ages 1–44 in the U.S.1  
  • An estimated 2.8 million people hospitalized with injury each year1
  • An estimated 31.7 million people treated in Emergency Department for injury each year1
  • Violence and injuries cost more than $406 billion in medical care and lost productivity each year2


Related Links



  1. NCIPC: Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
  2. Finkelstein EA, Corso PS, Miller TR, Associates. Incidence and Economic Burden of Injuries in the United States. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2006.

*Note: Injury includes unintentional injury, homicide, suicide, legal intervention, and those of undetermined intent. Non-communicable diseases include cancer, cardiovascular, kidney, respiratory, liver, diabetes, and other diseases. Infectious diseases include HIV, influenza, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. Data Source: National Vital Statistics System using CDC Wonder (


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