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10 Leading Causes of Death, Ages ≤40, 2016

Unintentional injuries, suicide, and homicide are the 3 leading causes of death for Americans aged ≤40, and together comprise 52.3% of deaths in this age group.

Unintentional injury: 55,024 (33.2% of total deaths)

Suicide: 17,791 (10.7% of total deaths)

Homicide: 13,671 (8.3% of total deaths)

Cancer: 11,708 (7.1% of total deaths)

Perinatal complications: 11,479 (6.9% of total deaths)

Heart disease: 9,867 (6.0% of total deaths)

Congenital anomalies: 6,662 (4.0% of total deaths)

Liver disease: 2,365 (1.4% of total deaths)

Diabetes: 2,049 (1.2% of total deaths)

Stroke: 1,879 (1.1% of total deaths)

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

 

Homicide

  • HP2020 Target: 5.5 homicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
  • Most Recent (2016): 6.2 homicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
  • 11.3% decrease needed.

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

 

Injury Deaths

  • HP2020 Target: 53.7 deaths per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
  • Most Recent (2016): 69.0 deaths per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
  • 22.2% decrease needed.

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