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Complete Health Indicator Report of Deaths From All Causes


Number of persons who died from any cause.


Number of persons who died.


Number of persons in population.

Data Interpretation Issues

Since everyone must expire at some point the long-term death rate is 100%. The death rates that are presented here are a ratio of the number of persons who died in a given year, compared with the number who did not. In essence, the all-cause death rate is a measure of the proportion of persons who died in any given year. It may also be thought of as an alternate measure of life expectancy -- the longer we, in the aggregate live -- the fewer of us die each year, and more of us are left alive.

Why Is This Important?

The overall death rate of a population reflects the average life expectancy of individuals in that population. The lower the reported death rate, the higher the life expectancy.

How Are We Doing?

The Utah 2015 age-adjusted death rate decreased ever so slightly from 2014 and is 709.4. There was a 1.8 percent increase in the death rate from the years 2011-2015, which was preceded by a 4.9 percent decrease in the years 2006-2010. The age-adjusted death rate climbed in 2010 to 692.5 after a continuous five year decline. In the years 2001-2010, the Utah age-adjusted death rates rose above and fell below the state average age-adjusted rate of 735.9. The highest age-adjusted rate in this period was 789.8 in 2003 and the lowest was 680.6 in 2009. The downward trend began in 2003 and continued until it began to rise in 2010. These data are updated annually.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Utah has experienced lower age-adjusted death rates than the U.S., and this will likely remain the case in 2016. The Utah age-adjusted death rate was 709.4 in 2015 but the U.S rate for 2015 is not yet published. The Utah age-adjusted death rate was 709.5 in 2014 and the U.S. was 724.6, a difference of 2.1 percent. In 2013 the U.S. age-adjusted death rate was 3.4 percent higher than Utah; in 2010, the U.S. age-adjusted rate was 7.85 percent higher than Utah and 17.1 percent higher in 1990. It is interesting to see the gap between the U.S. and Utah decrease through the years. Factors that contributed to lower death rates in Utah over the past 25 years include healthy lifestyles (especially low rates of tobacco, alcohol, and substance use), lower rates of poverty, and better access to health care. A decrease in death rates across the state comes with certain implications, including increased economic demands on health care systems, including strain on aging services, long-term health care, and assisted living facilities.

What Is Being Done?

The UDOH Office of Vital Records and Statistics certifies Utah deaths and maintains records of specific characteristics such as cause of death, age of decedent, and other factors associated, such as firearm, motor vehicle, or drug overdose incidents.

Related Indicators

Relevant Population Characteristics

Improvements in life expectancy increase the proportion of older individuals living in society. Policy-makers must be aware of this trend in order to provide viable and attractive options for elderly persons who require assistance with activities of daily living.

Related Relevant Population Characteristics Indicators:

Health Care System Factors

Advances in medical technology are one of the factors lowering death rates in Utah and elsewhere. One issue with extending lives through medical technology is that individuals often have chronic disabilities that have implications for their quality of life. Health expenditures for providing end-of-life care are disproportionately high. The difficult moral and ethical issues involved in provision of end-of-life care should be considered by all individuals, and their wishes made known to family members who would be likely to make health care decisions in the event of their incapacity.

Related Health Care System Factors Indicators:

Risk Factors

It is a given that we all must die. The best we can hope for is to be healthy and active until death, and that our deaths be painless, graceful, and quick. Healthy lifestyles and early detection of disease lead to both longer life and improved quality of life across the lifespan.

Related Risk Factors Indicators:

Health Status Outcomes

The leading causes of death (heart disease, cancer, and stroke) are much the same for Utah and the rest of the U.S., regardless of sex, race, or ethnicity.

Related Health Status Outcomes Indicators:

Graphical Data Views

Death Rates, All Causes, Utah and U.S., 1990-2015

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Utah vs. U.S.YearAge-adjusted Rate per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 51

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2010 standard population.

Data Sources

  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2015
  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Death Rates, All Causes by Ethnicity, Utah, 2015

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The death rate for Hispanic Utahns was significantly lower than for all Utahns.
Hispanic EthnicityDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 3
All Utahns709.4698.8720.2

Data Notes

Rates are age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2015

Death Rates, All Causes by Race, Utah, 2015

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The death rate for Asian Utahns was significantly lower than for all Utahns.
RaceDeaths per 100,000 PopulationLower LimitUpper Limit
Record Count: 6
American Indian/Native Alaskan647.7549.9757.8
Pacific Islander727.4593.4882.6
All Races678.6668.5688.9

Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population using 3 age groups.

Data Sources

  • Utah Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • Population Estimates by Age, Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for Counties in Utah, U.S. Bureau of the Census, IBIS Version 2015

References and Community Resources

Kenneth D. Kochanek, M.A., et al. Deaths: Final data for 2014. National vital statistics reports; vol 65 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2016. []

More Resources and Links

Evidence-based community health improvement ideas and interventions may be found at the following sites:

Additional indicator data by state and county may be found on these Websites:

Medical literature can be queried at the PubMed website.

For an on-line medical dictionary, click on this Dictionary link.

Page Content Updated On 03/16/2017, Published on 03/17/2017
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