Table 29Age-adjusted death rates for selected causes of death, according to sex, race, and Hispanic origin: United States, selected years 1950-2002
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Sex, race, Hispanic origin, and cause of death 1 1950 2 1960 2 1970 1980 1990 1995 2000 3 2001 2002
All personsAge-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population4
All causes1,446.01,339.21,222.61,039.1938.7909.8869.0854.5845.3
Diseases of heart586.8559.0492.7412.1321.8293.4257.6247.8240.8
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -345.2249.6219.7186.8177.8170.8
Cerebrovascular diseases180.7177.9147.796.265.363.160.957.956.2
Malignant neoplasms193.9193.9198.6207.9216.0209.9199.6196.0193.5
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung15.024.137.149.959.358.456.155.354.9
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -30.328.927.424.522.520.820.119.7
 Prostate528.628.728.832.838.437.030.429.127.9
 Breast631.931.732.131.933.330.526.826.025.6
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -28.337.240.144.243.743.5
Influenza and pneumonia48.153.741.731.436.833.423.722.022.6
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis11.313.317.815.111.19.99.59.59.4
Diabetes mellitus23.122.524.318.120.723.225.025.325.4
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -10.216.25.25.04.9
Unintentional injuries78.062.360.146.436.334.434.935.736.9
 Motor vehicle-related injuries24.623.127.622.318.516.315.415.315.7
Suicide713.212.513.112.212.511.810.410.710.9
Homicide75.15.08.810.49.48.35.97.16.1
Male
All causes1,674.21,609.01,542.11,348.11,202.81,143.91,053.81,029.11,013.7
Diseases of heart697.0687.6634.0538.9412.4371.0320.0305.4297.4
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -459.7328.2286.5241.4228.5220.4
Cerebrovascular diseases186.4186.1157.4102.268.565.962.459.056.5
Malignant neoplasms208.1225.1247.6271.2280.4267.5248.9243.7238.9
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung24.643.667.585.291.184.276.775.273.2
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -31.832.332.830.427.425.124.223.7
 Prostate28.628.728.832.838.437.030.429.127.9
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -49.955.454.855.854.053.5
Influenza and pneumonia55.065.854.042.147.842.828.926.627.0
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis15.018.524.821.315.914.213.413.212.9
Diabetes mellitus18.819.923.018.121.725.027.828.128.6
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -18.527.37.97.57.4
Unintentional injuries101.885.587.469.052.949.649.350.251.5
 Motor vehicle-related injuries38.535.441.533.626.522.821.721.822.1
Suicide721.220.019.819.921.520.317.718.218.4
Homicide77.97.514.316.614.812.89.010.89.4
Female
All causes1,236.01,105.3971.4817.9750.9739.4731.4721.8715.2
Diseases of heart484.7447.0381.6320.8257.0236.6210.9203.9197.2
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -263.1193.9171.3146.5139.9133.6
Cerebrovascular diseases175.8170.7140.091.762.660.559.156.455.2
Malignant neoplasms182.3168.7163.2166.7175.7173.6167.6164.7163.1
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung5.87.513.124.437.140.441.341.041.6
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -29.126.523.820.619.117.717.216.7
 Breast31.931.732.131.933.330.526.826.025.6
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -14.926.631.837.437.637.4
Influenza and pneumonia41.943.832.725.130.528.120.719.219.9
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis7.88.711.99.97.16.26.26.26.3
Diabetes mellitus27.024.725.118.019.921.823.023.123.0
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -2.25.32.52.52.5
Unintentional injuries54.040.035.126.121.521.022.022.523.5
 Motor vehicle-related injuries11.511.714.911.811.010.39.59.39.6
Suicide75.65.67.45.74.84.34.04.04.2
Homicide72.42.63.74.44.03.72.83.32.8
White8Age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population4
All causes1,410.81,311.31,193.31,012.7909.8882.3849.8836.5829.0
Diseases of heart584.8559.0492.2409.4317.0288.6253.4243.5236.7
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -347.6249.7219.1185.6176.5169.8
Cerebrovascular diseases175.5172.7143.593.262.860.758.855.854.2
Malignant neoplasms194.6193.1196.7204.2211.6206.2197.2193.9191.7
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung15.224.036.749.258.658.156.255.655.3
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -30.929.227.424.122.020.319.619.2
 Prostate528.427.727.430.535.534.227.826.625.7
 Breast632.432.032.532.133.230.126.325.525.0
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -29.338.341.546.045.645.4
Influenza and pneumonia44.850.439.830.936.433.023.521.722.6
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis11.513.216.613.910.59.79.69.69.6
Diabetes mellitus22.921.722.916.718.820.922.823.023.1
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -8.311.42.82.62.6
Unintentional injuries77.060.457.845.335.533.935.136.037.5
 Motor vehicle-related injuries24.422.927.122.618.516.315.615.616.0
Suicide713.913.113.813.013.412.611.311.712.0
Homicide72.62.74.76.75.55.03.64.93.7
Black or African American8
All causes1,722.11,577.51,518.11,314.81,250.31,213.91,121.41,101.21,083.3
Diseases of heart586.7548.3512.0455.3391.5363.8324.8316.9308.4
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -334.5267.0244.9218.3211.6203.0
Cerebrovascular diseases233.6235.2197.1129.191.686.981.978.876.3
Malignant neoplasms176.4199.1225.3256.4279.5267.7248.5243.1238.8
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung11.123.741.359.772.469.064.062.561.9
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -22.826.128.330.629.328.227.626.8
 Prostate530.941.248.561.177.076.668.166.162.0
 Breast625.327.928.931.738.138.034.534.434.0
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -19.228.130.131.630.931.2
Influenza and pneumonia76.781.157.234.439.436.425.624.124.0
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis9.013.628.125.016.512.09.49.38.5
Diabetes mellitus23.530.938.832.740.546.749.549.249.5
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -26.754.223.322.822.5
Unintentional injuries79.974.078.357.643.841.037.737.636.9
 Motor vehicle-related injuries26.024.231.120.218.816.715.715.415.0
Suicide74.55.06.26.57.16.85.55.55.3
Homicide728.326.044.039.036.329.720.521.221.0
American Indian or Alaska Native8
All causes- - -- - -- - -867.0716.3771.2709.3686.7677.4
Diseases of heart- - -- - -- - -240.6200.6204.6178.2159.6157.4
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -173.6139.1141.4129.1114.0114.0
Cerebrovascular diseases- - -- - -- - -57.840.748.645.041.337.5
Malignant neoplasms- - -- - -- - -113.7121.8138.2127.8131.0125.4
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung- - -- - -- - -20.730.937.432.334.233.1
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -- - -- - -9.512.014.913.412.014.2
 Prostate5- - -- - -- - -20.717.821.719.619.015.2
 Breast6- - -- - -- - -10.813.715.013.611.813.8
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -14.225.427.632.830.030.1
Influenza and pneumonia- - -- - -- - -44.436.136.122.322.520.4
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis- - -- - -- - -45.324.127.424.322.622.8
Diabetes mellitus- - -- - -- - -29.634.145.941.540.443.2
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -1.86.52.22.72.2
Unintentional injuries- - -- - -- - -99.062.655.351.351.353.8
 Motor vehicle-related injuries- - -- - -- - -54.532.529.127.325.928.8
Suicide7- - -- - -- - -11.911.710.69.810.510.2
Homicide7- - -- - -- - -15.510.49.96.86.88.4
Asian or Pacific Islander8Age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population4
All causes- - -- - -- - -589.9582.0554.8506.4492.1474.4
Diseases of heart- - -- - -- - -202.1181.7171.3146.0137.6134.6
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -168.2139.6128.0109.6103.098.6
Cerebrovascular diseases- - -- - -- - -66.156.955.252.951.247.7
Malignant neoplasms- - -- - -- - -126.1134.2131.8121.9119.5113.6
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung- - -- - -- - -28.430.229.928.128.225.6
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -- - -- - -16.414.414.012.713.212.5
 Prostate5- - -- - -- - -10.216.818.012.511.610.2
 Breast6- - -- - -- - -11.913.713.912.312.912.8
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -12.919.419.318.617.715.8
Influenza and pneumonia- - -- - -- - -24.031.429.119.719.017.5
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis- - -- - -- - -6.15.23.93.53.53.2
Diabetes mellitus- - -- - -- - -12.614.616.816.416.917.4
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -2.23.20.60.70.8
Unintentional injuries- - -- - -- - -27.023.920.217.917.417.9
 Motor vehicle-related injuries- - -- - -- - -13.914.011.48.68.18.4
Suicide7- - -- - -- - -7.86.76.75.55.45.4
Homicide7- - -- - -- - -5.95.04.73.04.22.9
Hispanic or Latino8,9
All causes- - -- - -- - -- - -692.0700.2665.7658.7629.3
Diseases of heart- - -- - -- - -- - -217.1211.0196.0192.2180.5
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -- - -173.3166.4153.2149.9138.3
Cerebrovascular diseases- - -- - -- - -- - -45.246.346.444.941.3
Malignant neoplasms- - -- - -- - -- - -136.8138.5134.9132.3128.4
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung- - -- - -- - -- - -26.525.924.823.823.7
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -- - -- - -- - -14.714.114.114.113.7
 Prostate5- - -- - -- - -- - -23.327.421.623.521.6
 Breast6- - -- - -- - -- - -19.518.716.916.315.5
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -- - -19.322.621.120.720.6
Influenza and pneumonia- - -- - -- - -- - -29.726.220.620.519.2
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis- - -- - -- - -- - -18.317.416.515.815.4
Diabetes mellitus- - -- - -- - -- - -28.235.736.936.735.6
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -16.324.96.76.25.8
Unintentional injuries- - -- - -- - -- - -34.632.230.130.730.7
 Motor vehicle-related injuries- - -- - -- - -- - -19.516.414.715.015.2
Suicide7- - -- - -- - -- - -7.87.25.95.75.7
Homicide7- - -- - -- - -- - -16.212.57.58.37.3
White, not Hispanic or Latino9Age-adjusted death rate per 100,000 population4
All causes- - -- - -- - -- - -914.5882.3855.5842.9837.5
Diseases of heart- - -- - -- - -- - -319.7289.9255.5245.6239.2
 Ischemic heart disease- - -- - -- - -- - -251.9219.9186.6177.5171.0
Cerebrovascular diseases- - -- - -- - -- - -63.560.859.056.054.6
Malignant neoplasms- - -- - -- - -- - -215.4208.9200.6197.4195.6
 Trachea, bronchus, and lung- - -- - -- - -- - -60.359.658.257.757.5
 Colon, rectum, and anus- - -- - -- - -- - -24.622.320.519.919.5
 Prostate5- - -- - -- - -- - -36.134.428.026.725.8
 Breast6- - -- - -- - -- - -33.930.626.826.025.6
Chronic lower respiratory diseases- - -- - -- - -- - -39.242.147.247.046.9
Influenza and pneumonia- - -- - -- - -- - -36.533.023.521.722.6
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis- - -- - -- - -- - -9.99.09.09.09.0
Diabetes mellitus- - -- - -- - -- - -18.320.121.822.122.2
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease- - -- - -- - -- - -7.49.82.22.12.1
Unintentional injuries- - -- - -- - -- - -35.033.435.336.238.0
 Motor vehicle-related injuries- - -- - -- - -- - -18.216.115.615.516.0
Suicide7- - -- - -- - -- - -13.813.112.012.512.9
Homicide7- - -- - -- - -- - -4.03.62.84.02.8

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1

Underlying cause of death code numbers are based on the applicable revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) for data years shown. For the period 1980–98, causes were coded using ICD–9 codes that are most nearly comparable with the 113 cause list for ICD–10. See Appendix II, tables IV and V.

2

Includes deaths of persons who were not residents of the 50 States and the District of Columbia.

3

Starting with 1999 data, cause of death is coded according to ICD–10. See Appendix II, Comparability ratio and tables V and VI.

4

Age-adjusted rates are calculated using the year 2000 standard population. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.

5

Rate for male population only.

6

Rate for female population only.

7

Figures for 2001 include September 11-related deaths for which death certificates were filed as of October 24, 2002. See Appendix II, table V for terrorism-related ICD–10 codes.

8

The race groups, white, black, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaska Native, include persons of Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Death rates for the American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian or Pacific Islander populations are known to be underestimated. See Appendix II, Race, for a discussion of sources of bias in death rates by race and Hispanic origin.

9

Prior to 1997, excludes data from States lacking an Hispanic-origin item on the death certificate. See Appendix II, Hispanic origin.

NOTES: Starting with Health, United States, 2003, rates for 1991–99 were revised using intercensal population estimates based on census 2000. Rates for 2000 were revised based on census 2000 counts. Rates for 2001 and 2002 were computed using 2000-based postcensal estimates. See Appendix I, Population Census and Population Estimates. Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCES: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System; Grove RD, Hetzel AM. Vital statistics rates in the United States, 1940–1960. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office. 1968; numerator data from National Vital Statistics System, annual mortality files; denominator data from national population estimates for race groups from table 1 and unpublished Hispanic population estimates for 1985–96 prepared by the Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division, U.S. Bureau of the Census; additional mortality tables available at www​.cdc.gov/nchs/datawh​/statab/unpubd/mortabs.htm; Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, Anderson RN, Scott C. Deaths: Final data for 2002. National vital statistics reports. Vol 53 no 5. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. 2004.

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