Leading Causes of Death in the United States, 1999–2017

Leading Causes of Death in the United States, 1999-2017†

This dashboard presents number of deaths and age-adjusted death rates for the 10 leading causes of death, as well as all causes of death combined, in the United States and by state for 1999-2017. Download the dataset in CSV format by clicking the “CSV Format” link. Additional file formats are available for download for each dataset at Data.CDC.gov.

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† Data are based on information from all resident death certificates filed in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Age-adjusted death rates (per 100,000 population) are based on the 2000 U.S. standard population. Populations used for computing death rates for 2011-2017 are postcensal estimates based on the 2010 census, estimated as of July 1, 2010. Rates for census years are based on populations enumerated in the corresponding censuses. Rates for non-census years before 2010 are revised using updated intercensal population estimates and may differ from rates previously published. Causes of death classified by the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD–10) are ranked according to the number of deaths assigned to rankable causes. The 10 leading causes shown are for the entire U.S. Cause-of-death rankings are dynamically updated in the bar chart according to the selected year. Cause-of-death statistics are based on the underlying cause of death.

*Chronic lower respiratory diseases



NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, mortality data (see http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/deaths.htm); and CDC WONDER (see http://wonder.cdc.gov).



  1. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital statistics data available. Mortality multiple cause files. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data_access/vitalstatsonline.htm.
  2. Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Arias E. Deaths: Final data for 2017. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 68 no 9. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2019.


Suggested citation:

Tejada-Vera B. Leading Causes of Death: United States, 1999–2017. National Center for Health Statistics. 2019.

Designed by B Tejada-Vera, L Lu, E Arias, JM Keralis, and Y Chong: National Center for Health Statistics.

Page last reviewed: October 24, 2019