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 by Ethnicity, Utah, 2007-2011
NotesAge-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population using 3 age groups.
- 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 (2010 Census), U.S. Bureau of the Census
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?Factors contributing to the low death rate 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.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?In 2011, 15,156 Utah residents died. The 2011 Utah death rate, adjusted for differences in the ages of the populations, is approximately 14% lower than the death rate for the United States. Utah's 2011 death rate has increased slightly, 0.3%, compared to a 1.7% increase in 2010.
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.
Page Content Updated On 05/13/2013, Published on 06/07/2013