Health Indicator Report of Deaths From All Causes
The overall death rate of a population reflects the average life expectancy of individuals in that population. The lower the death rate, the higher the life expectancy.
Death Rates, All Causes, Utah and U.S., 1990-2013
NotesAge-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population.
- Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
- Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2013
- National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Data Interpretation IssuesSince everyone must, at some point, expire, the long-term death rate is 100%. The death rates that are presented here are a ratio of the number of persons dying in a given year, compared with the number who are left alive. In essence, the all-cause death rate is a measure of the proportion of persons dying in any given year, and may also be thought of as an alternate measure of life expectancy--the longer we (in the aggregate) live, fewer of us die each year, and more of us are left alive.
DefinitionNumber of persons who died from any cause of death.
NumeratorNumber of persons who died.
DenominatorNumber of persons in population.
How Are We Doing?In 2013, 16,243 Utah residents died compared to 15,526 in 2012. Utah's crude death rate increased for the third year straight, increasing 3.0% between 2012 and 2013, compared to a 1.0% increase from 2011 to 2012. Interestingly, the age-adjusted death rate in Utah only increased slightly (1.6%) between 2012 and 2013. This is most likely due to the fact that a greater percentage of the Utah population was aged 65 years and older in 2013 compared to 2012.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Between 1990 and 2009, there was a decline in Utah age-adjusted death rates. Since 2009, there has been a slight but steady increase in the Utah age-adjusted death rate. Utah age-adjusted death rates continue to be less than that of the U.S. as a whole. Factors contributing to the lower death rates in Utah include healthy lifestyles (especially low rates of tobacco, alcohol, and substance use), lower rates of poverty, and better access to excellent health care. An important implication of the decreasing death rates of Utahns is that there are increasing numbers of older individuals. This trend will place increasing economic demands on Utah's health care system, including aging services, long-term health care, and assisted living options.
What Is Being Done?The UDOH Office of Vital Records and Statistics certifies Utah's deaths and maintains records of specific characteristics such as cause of death, age of decedent, and other factors associated with the incident, such as firearms, motor vehicles, or drug overdoses.
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