Table 28Age-adjusted death rates, by race, sex, region, and urbanization level: United States, average annual, selected years 1996–1998 through 2005–2007

[Data are based on the National Vital Statistics System]

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Sex, region, and urbanization level 1All races White Black or African American
1996–19981999–20012005–20071996–19981999–20012005–20071996–19981999–20012005–2007
Both sexesAge-adjusted death rate per 100,000 standard population 2
All regions:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central894.5869.0753.3858.8836.7729.71,164.21,133.6994.2
   Fringe839.3833.0742.4828.0823.7738.61,059.61,040.8903.9
  Medium865.6859.0779.5846.5842.2767.31,152.41,137.31,005.6
  Small887.8887.9812.7866.5868.8797.41,173.11,164.31,037.1
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan913.0907.1841.3892.1890.0827.21,208.21,174.91,064.1
  Nonmicropolitan933.0923.2863.3909.6902.8845.61,191.61,162.81,062.6
Northeast:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central909.6861.7733.3881.4838.6718.41,052.41,001.1856.8
   Fringe827.8814.0718.4823.3810.8721.51,000.0986.6836.4
  Medium851.9836.2760.5842.2828.6757.21,076.61,040.8894.4
  Small852.0849.5776.5847.8846.5773.71,106.91,072.4975.5
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan878.4854.4783.8877.9855.7787.0***
  Nonmicropolitan893.6877.4796.7892.0876.3798.3***
Midwest:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central951.7939.6826.7880.7868.9762.01,213.71,205.91,069.3
   Fringe856.4856.1772.8845.9846.3764.91,121.21,123.11,037.8
  Medium876.1873.5796.6857.0856.1781.51,168.91,151.61,038.3
  Small860.8861.5785.3847.4850.8775.21,178.91,146.91,057.5
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan868.8865.2800.9863.9863.0799.61,222.01,103.5971.1
  Nonmicropolitan867.6852.7795.3858.2845.9788.51,388.11,058.9924.4
South:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central938.1926.8804.1864.9859.1746.31,241.91,212.81,068.9
   Fringe845.3845.6747.6821.9826.2736.41,071.41,048.4894.6
  Medium891.8892.4805.7852.1855.8775.61,172.61,164.41,031.2
  Small943.6950.5874.3907.5917.9849.81,183.21,180.01,046.4
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan974.1973.3906.1933.5939.3877.41,218.91,194.31,089.7
  Nonmicropolitan1,005.31,003.0944.2975.9978.5925.71,188.41,171.21,074.9
West:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central819.2792.4690.7829.4804.1708.31,107.91,077.7956.7
   Fringe818.6803.6728.6823.2810.1740.41,060.81,006.2952.5
  Medium814.7800.5728.9826.9815.8747.61,045.4996.3877.0
  Small827.6815.7743.9826.6815.7745.9973.5990.7841.7
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan861.0851.8788.6860.4854.7793.9***
  Nonmicropolitan867.1847.4780.1845.9828.6761.3***
Male
All regions:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central1,108.61,057.6905.21,060.61,015.2873.31,503.81,436.11,246.6
   Fringe1,025.2998.7870.71,010.9987.3865.91,329.01,281.11,088.9
  Medium1,069.91,038.5928.11,045.41,017.7911.51,469.01,409.21,234.7
  Small1,104.61,079.2969.41,077.41,056.1950.21,497.61,449.11,273.4
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan1,139.91,108.61,004.51,113.51,087.5986.61,547.81,475.91,315.2
  Nonmicropolitan1,172.31,132.91,036.71,143.31,108.31,015.31,529.01,457.31,313.5
Northeast:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central1,142.01,065.3893.81,102.81,034.5873.61,374.41,280.71,077.5
   Fringe1,018.1985.3852.31,012.6982.3857.61,263.01,219.0997.7
  Medium1,061.61,018.1916.11,049.91,009.7913.01,351.21,262.41,079.5
  Small1,062.71,034.1936.21,057.91,032.3934.61,376.81,280.71,136.6
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan1,093.51,042.5941.91,093.71,045.6947.9***
  Nonmicropolitan1,096.91,056.9955.51,096.11,056.6958.6***
Midwest:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central1,192.61,155.51,003.51,101.01,064.6918.91,559.81,525.51,353.8
   Fringe1,051.71,030.0903.81,038.71,018.7894.51,399.41,372.71,250.8
  Medium1,089.01,063.2956.91,065.31,043.8938.11,470.01,394.41,283.0
  Small1,076.01,057.3942.91,059.71,045.0932.01,463.91,401.91,251.4
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan1,092.01,063.4966.71,086.01,062.0965.81,551.81,315.81,141.5
  Nonmicropolitan1,094.71,050.5960.21,083.01,043.3953.11,788.21,225.31,046.9
South:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central1,172.01,130.9968.71,074.61,042.9894.91,616.01,542.61,344.2
   Fringe1,030.81,009.7874.81,000.5984.8859.71,351.11,297.81,086.1
  Medium1,106.61,081.2957.71,053.01,033.8918.81,517.11,466.21,278.6
  Small1,185.91,160.81,048.71,138.61,118.61,015.31,526.91,487.01,305.4
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan1,228.01,198.91,084.71,175.11,154.71,045.91,577.61,519.81,365.7
  Nonmicropolitan1,275.71,240.61,139.61,239.31,210.21,115.21,530.41,478.01,338.5
West:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central996.3949.8819.81,006.7962.4837.31,383.81,323.21,157.5
   Fringe981.1947.0846.3988.0954.5858.81,228.81,171.21,095.0
  Medium987.4952.8860.51,003.1969.3876.81,230.61,165.11,011.5
  Small1,003.7970.5868.61,001.7971.6870.01,178.91,088.1955.6
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan1,037.81,012.6917.11,036.01,013.6919.4***
  Nonmicropolitan1,048.71,010.9909.51,023.0986.8884.7***
Female
All regions:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central738.9730.1635.1711.3703.8616.4934.4929.3816.1
   Fringe705.7711.1640.8696.3702.7637.2875.9876.4770.3
  Medium716.8724.6660.3701.9710.6650.8932.0945.4836.1
  Small731.2745.7687.6713.7729.1674.8951.9966.5861.8
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan745.9754.8707.3728.8740.2695.6975.6968.3879.6
  Nonmicropolitan750.6759.5715.7731.4741.9700.8951.5953.0870.5
Northeast:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central748.4719.6615.8725.6699.1602.7848.3823.6709.2
   Fringe696.3692.6617.6692.4689.3618.8827.2828.1718.6
  Medium709.1707.5645.3701.4700.9642.4883.4877.0750.3
  Small706.7717.3655.5703.2713.8652.6919.9930.0843.6
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan725.0717.5660.7724.3718.1662.3***
  Nonmicropolitan741.8738.5665.1740.1737.4666.3***
Midwest:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central784.1786.2695.7729.7730.9646.2974.4984.5869.1
   Fringe722.9733.8672.9714.5725.1666.2924.6948.2883.7
  Medium728.9739.6676.6713.6724.3664.5955.1972.7857.1
  Small710.8721.4666.0700.0712.2657.0963.1952.5897.5
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan711.2721.2671.9707.3718.6670.7998.7948.8818.3
  Nonmicropolitan696.1700.0658.0688.9693.9651.91,123.8955.4805.4
South:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central768.6776.3675.7712.1721.7628.3988.2989.8875.8
   Fringe705.7719.6642.6686.1702.4632.4882.4881.0759.2
  Medium731.2746.6678.6700.1716.0653.3938.9958.2853.7
  Small771.0795.0734.8740.9767.1714.9956.5974.2862.1
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan788.4803.8758.4754.8774.5735.0977.3975.7893.7
  Nonmicropolitan803.4821.3780.1778.3799.5764.4946.7955.0876.8
West:
 Metropolitan counties:
  Large:
   Central682.6670.1584.8691.8679.9600.9906.0899.3796.8
   Fringe696.3693.8632.9699.2699.1643.3920.1876.5833.7
  Medium680.5681.3620.1691.6696.1639.7890.3855.7751.7
  Small687.3691.3636.0687.2690.7638.2789.8886.6722.0
 Nonmetropolitan counties:
  Micropolitan712.6715.1671.6713.8720.0678.3***
  Nonmicropolitan710.4704.0655.8694.2690.7642.9***
*

Estimates of death rates for the black population in nonmetropolitan counties in the Northeast and West may be unreliable, possibly due to anomalies in population estimates for the black population in nonmetropolitan counties in these regions.

1

Urbanization levels are for county of residence of decedent. The levels were developed by NCHS using information from the Office of Management and Budget, Department of Agriculture, and Census Bureau. More information on this six-level urban-rural classification scheme is available from: http://www​.cdc.gov/nchs​/data_access/urban_rural.htm. See Appendix II, Urbanization.

2

Average annual death rates are age-adjusted using the year 2000 standard population. In earlier editions of Health, United States, age-adjusted rates were calculated using standard million proportions based on rounded population numbers. Starting with Health, United States 2006, unrounded population numbers are used to calculate age-adjusted rates. See Appendix II, Age adjustment. Denominators for rates are population estimates for the middle year of each 3-year period multiplied by 3. The 1997 population estimates used to compute rates for 1996–1998 are intercensal population estimates based on the 2000 census. The 2000 population estimates used to compute rates for 1999–2001 are based on the 2000 census. The 2006 population estimates used to compute rates for 2005–2007 are postcensal population estimates based on the 2000 census. See Appendix I, Population Census and Population Estimates.

NOTES: The race groups, white and black, include persons of Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin. Starting with 2003 data, some states allowed the reporting of more than one race on the death certificate. The multiple-race data for these states were bridged to the single-race categories of the 1977 Office of Management and Budget standards for comparability with other states. See Appendix II, Race; Hispanic origin. Data have been revised and differ from previous editions of Health, United States. Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, Compressed Mortality File.

From: Trend Tables

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