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Injury and Violence

Injuries and violence affect everyone, regardless of age, race, or economic status. In the first 40 years of life, more persons in the United States die from injuries and violence—such as motor vehicle crashes, unintentional drug overdoses, falls, suicides, or homicides—than from all other causes combined.

10 Leading Causes of Death, Ages ≤40, 2015

Unintentional injuries, suicide, and homicide are the 3 leading causes of death for Americans aged ≤40, and together comprise 62.8% of deaths in this age group.

  1. Unintentional injury: 47,190
  2. Suicide: 16,865
  3. Homicide: 12,447
  4. Perinatal complications: 11,700
  5. Cancer: 11,343
  6. Heart disease: 9,830
  7. Congenital anomalies: 6,689
  8. Liver disease: 2,150
  9. Diabetes: 1,908
  10. Stroke: 1,768

Data sources: National Vital Statistics System–Mortality (NVSS–M), CDC/NCHS.

Homicide

Most Recent: 5.7 homicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
HP2020 Target: 5.5 homicides per 100,000 population
3.5% decrease needed.

Data sources: National Vital Statistics System–Mortality (NVSS–M), CDC/NCHS; and Bridged–race Population Estimates, CDC/NCHS and Census.

Injury Deaths

Most Recent: 63.9 deaths per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
HP2020 Target: 53.7 deaths per 100,000 population
16.0% decrease needed.

Data sources: National Vital Statistics System–Mortality (NVSS–M), CDC/NCHS; and Bridged–race Population Estimates, CDC/NCHS and Census.