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10 Leading Causes of Death, Ages 1–34, 2017

Unintentional injuries, suicide, and homicide are the 3 leading causes of death for Americans aged 1–34, and together comprise 66.6% of all deaths in this age group.

Unintentional injury: 41,955 (41.3% of total deaths)

Suicide: 14,722 (14.5% of total deaths)

Homicide: 11,0281 (10.8% of total deaths)

Cancer: 6,170 (6.1% of total deaths)

Heart disease: 4,900 (4.8% of total deaths)

Congenital anomalies: 1,595 (1.6% of total deaths)

Diabetes: 1,111 (1.1% of total deaths)

Liver disease: 944 (0.9% of total deaths)

Stroke: 911 (0.9% of total deaths)

Influenza and pneumonia: 812 (0.8% 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 (2017): 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 (2017): 71.5 deaths per 100,000 population (age adjusted)
  • 24.9% decrease needed.

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