Deaths and Mortality

Data are for the U.S.

  • Number of deaths: 3,383,729
  • Death rate: 1,027.0 deaths per 100,000 population

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2020) via CDC WONDER

  • Life expectancy: 77.0 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 5.42 deaths per 1,000 live births

Source: Mortality in the United States, 2020, data tables for figures 1, 5

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 696,962
  • Cancer: 602,350
  • COVID-19: 350,831
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 200,955
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 160,264
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 152,657
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 134,242
  • Diabetes: 102,188
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 53,544
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 52,547

Source: Mortality in the United States, 2020, data table for figure 4

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Page last reviewed: January 13, 2022