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.
Death Rates, All Causes, Utah and U.S., 1990-2015
- 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
Data NotesAge-adjusted to U.S. 2010 standard population.
Risk FactorsIt 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.
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.
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.
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 03/16/2017