QuickStats: Number of Deaths from 10 Leading Causes by Sex — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2015April 24, 2017
In 2015, a total of 1,339,226 deaths among females and 1,373,404 deaths among males occurred.
Heart disease and cancer were the top two causes of death for both females and males; other leading causes varied in rank by sex.
The 10 leading causes of death accounted for approximately three-quarters of all deaths.
CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has updated its “Stats of the States” feature on the NCHS web site. This resource features the latest state-by-state comparisons on key health indicators ranging from birth topics such as teen births and cesarean deliveries to leading causes of death and health insurance coverage.
Tabs have been added to the color-coded maps to compare trends on these topics between the most recent years (2015 and 2014) and going back a decade (2005) and in some cases further back.
To access the main “Stats of the States” page, use the following link:
Most studies have focused on the excess mortality experienced by black persons compared with white persons and by residents of the southeastern states, referred to as the Stroke Belt. Few stroke mortality studies have focused on Asian or Pacific Islander and Hispanic persons or have explored urban–rural differences.
A new NCHS report provides updated information about stroke mortality among U.S. residents aged 45 and over during 2010–2013 by age, race and ethnicity, income, urban–rural residence, and residence inside or outside the Stroke Belt.
Key Findings from the Report:
- During 2010–2013, the age-adjusted stroke death rate for non-Hispanic black men aged 45 and over (154.8 deaths per 100,000 population) was 54% to 68% higher than the rates for men of the same age in other race-ethnicity groups. The rate for non-Hispanic black women aged 45 and over was 30% to 61% higher than the rates for women of the same age in other race-ethnicity groups.
- The age distribution of stroke deaths differed by race and ethnicity.
- Stroke death rates were 32% higher in counties in the lowest median household income quartile than in counties in the highest income quartile.
- Nonmetropolitan counties had higher stroke death rates than counties at other urbanization levels.
- Stroke mortality inside and outside the Stroke Belt differed by race and ethnicity.
The age-adjusted death rates for stroke in all U.S. Census regions in the United States generally decreased from 1970 to 2013, although the rates in all regions were relatively stable from 1992 to 1999. From 1970 to 2013, the rate decreased an average of 3.3% per year in the South, 3.2% in the Midwest, 3.3% in the West, and 3.4% in the Northeast. Throughout the period, the rate was the highest in the South and lowest in the Northeast region.