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

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The figure is a bar chart showing percentage of total deaths, by age and Hispanic origin and race, in the United States during 2020.

Abbreviations: AI/AN = American Indian or Alaska Native; NH/OPI = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

* Data for AI/AN persons were adjusted for race and ethnicity misclassification on death certificate. Adjusted data might differ from data shown in other reports that have not been adjusted for misclassification. https:// wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10-expanded.html

AI/AN, Asian, Black, NH/OPI, and White persons were non-Hispanic. Hispanic persons could be of any race.

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 AI/AN and NH/OPI persons, 40% of deaths among Black or African American (Black) and Hispanic or Latino (Hispanic) persons, and 20% of deaths among Asian and White persons. Smaller differences were noted among persons aged 65–84 years. Among persons aged ≥85 years, the pattern was reversed, with the percentage of all deaths ranging from approximately 11% among AI/AN and NH/OPI persons to 33% for Asian and White persons.

Source: National Vital Statistics System, Underlying Cause of Death by Single-Race Categories, 2018–2020. https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10-expanded.html

Reported by: Jiaquan Xu, MD, jiaquanxu@cdc.gov, 301-458-4086.

Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Total Deaths, by Age and Hispanic Origin and Race — United States, 2020. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2022;71:1198. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm7137a6.

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