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January 11, 2012

Death rate down in latest US statistics and murders no longer in top 15 causes of death

US National Vital Statistics Reports for 2010 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) (69 pages)

* The age-adjusted death rate decreased from 749.6 deaths per 100,000 population in 2009 to 746.2 deaths per 100,000 population in 2010.

* From 2009 to 2010, age-adjusted death rates decreased significantly for 7 of the 15 leading causes of death: Diseases of heart, Malignant neoplasms, Chronic lower respiratory diseases, Cerebrovascular diseases, Accidents (unintentional injuries), Influenza and pneumonia, and Septicemia.

* Assault (homicide) fell from among the top 15 leading causes of death in 2010, replaced by Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids as the 15th leading cause of death.

* The age-adjusted death rate increased for 5 leading causes of death: Alzheimer’s disease, Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis, Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, Parkinson's disease, and Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids.

* Life expectancy increased by 0.1 year from 78.6 in 2009 to 78.7 in 2010.




Age Adjusted Death Rate Breakdown by Race

Larger decreases in death rates are better.
White males (0.3 percent decrease)
Black males (1.8 percent decrease)
Black females (1.5 percent decrease)
Non-Hispanic black males (1.9 percent decrease)
Non-Hispanic black females (1.5 percent decrease)

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