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Leading Causes of Death in the United States, 1999-2016†

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 of residence. Download the dataset in CSV format by clicking the “CSV Format” link. Additional file formats are available for download for each dataset at

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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 after 2011 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 are dynamically ranked in the bar chart based on descending number of deaths. 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



CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, mortality data (see; and CDC WONDER (see



  1. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital statistics data available. Mortality multiple cause files. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. Available from:
  2. Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Kochanek KD, Bastian B, and Arias E. Deaths: Final data for 2016. National vital statistics reports; vol 67 no 5. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018. Available from:


Suggested citation:

Tejada-Vera B, Chong Y, Lu L, Sutton PD. Leading causes of death: United States, 1999–2016. National Center for Health Statistics. 2018.

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