QuickStats: Age-Adjusted Motor Vehicle Traffic Death Rates,*, by Urban-Rural Status§ and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2017

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* Data were age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.

Motor vehicle traffic deaths were selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) underlying cause-of-death codes V02–V04 (.1, .9), V09.2, V12–V14 (.3–.9), V19 (.4–.6), V20–V28 (.3–.9), V29–V79 (.4–.9), V80 (.3–.5), V81.1, V82.1, V83–V86 (.0–.3), V87 (.0–.8), and V89.2. All motor vehicle traffic deaths were unintentional. Decedents included motor vehicle occupants, motorcyclists, pedal cyclists, and pedestrians.

§ Urban-rural status is classified in accordance with the National Center for Health Statistics 2013 Urban-Rural Classification Scheme.

In 2017, the age-adjusted rate of motor vehicle traffic deaths was higher for residents of rural areas (19.7 per 100,000) than urban areas (10.2). Rates were higher in rural compared with urban areas for both female and male residents, and rates for males were higher than for females in both urban and rural areas. The death rates were 12.6 per 100,000 for female residents of rural areas, 5.6 for female residents of urban areas, 26.9 for male residents of rural areas, and 15.1 for male residents of urban areas.

Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality File. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/deaths.htm. Ingram DD, Franco SJ. 2013 National Center for Health Statistics urban-rural classification scheme for counties. Vital Health Stat 2014;2(166). https:// www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_02/sr02_166.pdf.

Reported by: Sibeso N. Joyner, MPH, uvi1@cdc.gov, 301-458-4254; Deepthi Kandi, MS.

For more information on this topic, CDC recommends the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/calculator/index.html.

Suggested citation for this article: Age-Adjusted Motor Vehicle Traffic Death Rates, by Urban-Rural Status and Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:573. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6825a4.

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