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Injury and Violence
 
Both unintentional injuries and those caused by acts of violence are major causes of death for Americans of all ages. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for Americans aged 1­–44 years. 
 
10 Leading Causes of Death, Ages 1­–44, 2014
Number of Deaths per Underlying Cause of Death
1. Unintentional injury: 47,937
2. Suicide: 18,782
3. Cancer: 17,633
4. Heart disease: 15,002
5. Homicide: 11,534
6. Liver disease: 3,337
7. Diabetes: 2,919
8. Stroke: 2,622
9. Influenza and pneumonia: 2,080
10. Birth defects: 1,961
 
Data source: National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS.  
 
Healthy People 2020 Targets
 
Homicide
In 2014, there were 5.1 homicides per 100,000 population (age adjusted). 
Target has been exceeded.
Data source: National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS; and Bridged-Race Population Estimates for Census 2000 and 2010, CDC/NCHS and Census.
 
Injury Deaths
In 2014, there were 60.1 injury deaths per 100,000 population (age adjusted).
10.6% decrease needed.
Data source: National Vital Statistics System-Mortality (NVSS-M), CDC/NCHS; and Bridged-Race Population Estimates for Census 2000 and 2010, CDC/NCHS and Census.