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DEATH RATES FROM MAJOR CAUSES IN THE UNITED STATES, 2010-2011
    Age-adjusted death rate (1)
Cause of death Number of deaths, 2011 2010 2011 (2) Percent change
Heart disease 596,339 179.1 173.7 -3.0%
Malignant neoplasms (tumors) 575,313 172.8 168.6 -2.4
Chronic lower respiratory diseases 143,382 42.2 42.7 1.2
Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 128,931 39.1 37.9 -3.1
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 122,777 38.0 38.0 (3)
Alzheimer's disease 84,691 25.1 24.6 -2.0
Diabetes 73,282 20.8 21.5 3.4
Influenza and pneunonia 53,667 15.1 15.7 4.0
Kidney disease 45,731 15.3 13.4 -12.4
Intentional self-harm (suicide) 38,285 12.1 12.0 -0.8
Septicemia 35,539 10.6 10.5 -0.9
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 33,539 9.4 9.7 3.2
Hypertension (4) 27,477 8.0 8.0 (3)
Parkinson's disease 23,107 6.8 7.0 2.9
Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids 18,090 5.1 5.3 3.9
All other causes 512,723 NA NA NA
Total deaths 2,512,873 747.0 740.6 -0.9%

(1) Per 100,000 population; factors out differences based on age.
(2) Preliminary.
(3) Less than 0.1 percent.
(4) Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive renal disease.

NA=Not applicable.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics.

 
U.S. DEATH RATES FROM MAJOR CAUSES, 2006-2007
    Age-adjusted death rate (1)   
Cause of death Number of deaths, 2007 2006 2007 Percent change
Heart disease 616,067 200.2 190.9 -4.6%
Cancers 562,875 180.7 178.4 -1.3
Strokes 135,952 43.6 42.2 -3.2
Respiratory diseases  127,924 40.5 40.8 0.7
Accidents 123,706 39.8 40.0 0.5
Alzheimer's disease 74,632 22.6 22.7 0.4
Diabetes 71,382 23.3 22.5 -3.4
Influenza/pneumonia  52,717 17.8 16.2 -9.0
Kidney disease 46,448 14.5 14.5 (2)
Septicemia  34,828 11.0 11.0 (2)
Suicide  34,598 10.9 11.3 3.7
Chronic liver disease 29,165 8.8 9.1 3.4
Hypertension (2) 23,965 7.5 7.4 -1.3
Parkinson's disease  20,058 6.3 6.4 1.6
Homicide 18,361 6.2 6.1 -1.6
All other causes  451,034 NA NA NA
All deaths 2,423,712 776.5 760.2 -2.1%

(1) Per 100,000 population; factors out differences based on age.
(2) Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive renal disease.
(3) Less than 0.1 percent.

NA=Not applicable.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics.

 
U.S. DEATH RATES FROM MAJOR CAUSES, 2008-2009
    Age-adjusted death rate (1)   
Cause of death Number of deaths, 2009 2008 2009 Percent change
Heart disease 598,607 186.7 179.8 -3.7%
Malignant neoplasms (tumors) 568,668 175.5 173.6 -1.1
Chronic lower respiratory diseases 137,082 44.0 42.2 -4.1
Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 128,603 40.6 38.9 -4.2
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 117,176 38.6 37.0 -4.1
Alzheimer's disease 78,889 24.4 23.4 -4.1
Diabetes 68,504 21.8 20.9 -4.1
Influenza and pneumonia 53,582 17.0 16.2 -4.7
Kidney disease 48,714 14.8 14.8 (3)
Intentional self-harm (suicide) 36,547 11.6 11.7 0.9
Septicemia 35,587 11.1 10.9 -1.8
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 30,444 9.2 9.2 (3)
Hypertension (2) 25,651 7.7 7.7 (3)
Parkinson's disease 20,552 6.4 6.4 (3)
Assault (homicide) 16,591 5.9 5.5 -6.8
All other causes 471,455 NA NA NA
All deaths 2,436,652 758.6 741.0 -2.3%

(1) Per 100,000 population; factors out differences based on age.
(2) Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive renal disease.
(3) Less than 0.1 percent.

NA=Not applicable.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics.

 
U.S. DEATH RATES FROM MAJOR CAUSES, 2009-2010
    Age-adjusted death rate (1)
Cause of death Number of deaths, 2010 2009 2010 Percent change
Heart disease 595,444 182.8 178.5 -2.4%
Malignant neoplasms (tumors) 573,855 173.5 172.5 -0.6
Chronic lower respiratory diseases 137,789 42.7 42.1 -1.4
Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) 129,180 39.6 39.0 -1.5
Accidents (unintentional injuries) 118,043 37.5 37.1 -1.1
Alzheimer's disease 83,308 24.2 25.0 3.3
Diabetes 68,905 21.0 20.8 -1.0
Kidney disease 50,472 15.1 15.3 1.3
Influenza and pneunonia 50,003 16.5 15.1 -8.5
Intentional self-harm (suicide) 37,793 11.8 11.9 0.8
Septicemia 34,843 11.0 10.6 -3.6
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis 31,802 9.1 9.4 3.3
Hypertension (2) 26,577 7.8 7.9 1.3
Parkinson's disease 21,963 6.5 6.8 4.6
Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids 17,001 4.9 5.1 4.1
All other causes 488,954 NA NA NA
All deaths 2,465,932 749.6 746.2 -0.5

(1) Per 100,000 population; factors out differences based on age.
(2) Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive renal disease.

NA=Not applicable.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics.