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Deaths and Mortality

Data are for the U.S.

  • Number of deaths: 2,712,630
  • Death rate: 844.0 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Life expectancy: 78.8 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 5.90 deaths per 1,000 live births

Source: Deaths: Final Data for 2015, tables 1, 3, 13 [PDF – 2.7 MB]

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 633,842
  • Cancer: 595,930
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 155,041
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 146,571
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 140,323
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 110,561
  • Diabetes: 79,535
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 57,062
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 49,959
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 44,193

Source: Health United States, 2016 Table 19 [PDF- 11.1 MB] (Data are for 2015)

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