Deaths and Mortality

Data are for the U.S.

  • Number of deaths: 2,854,838
  • Death rate: 869.7 deaths per 100,000 population

Source: National Vital Statistics System – Mortality Data (2019) via CDC WONDER 

  • Life expectancy: 78.8 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 5.58 deaths per 1,000 live births

Source: Mortality in the United States, 2019, data tables for figures 1, 5

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 659,041
  • Cancer: 599,601
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 173,040
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 156,979
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,005
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 121,499
  • Diabetes: 87,647
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 51,565
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 49,783
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,511

Source: Mortality in the United States, 2019, data table for figure 2

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Page last reviewed: October 19, 2021