China: Mortality Rate, by year
YearDeaths per thousand inhabitants
20237.87
20227.37
20217.18
20207.07
20197.09
20187.08
20177.06
20167.04
20157.07
20147.12
20137.13
20127.13
20117.14
20107.11
20097.08
20087.06
20076.93
20066.81
20056.51
20046.42
20036.40
20026.41
20016.43
20006.45
  • Region: China
  • Time period: 2000 to 2023
  • Published: Jan 2024

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Mar 29, 2024 | Published by: Statistico

Increasing Mortality Rate

From 2000 to 2023, the mortality rate in China exhibited a steady increase, growing from 6.45 deaths per thousand inhabitants to 7.87 deaths per thousand inhabitants. This escalation reflects a noticeable upward trend in the mortality rate over a 23-year period.

Accelerated Growth in Recent Years

The mortality rate's growth pace has accelerated in the recent years, with an increase from 7.08 deaths per thousand inhabitants in 2018 to 7.87 deaths per thousand inhabitants in 2023. This represents a rise of 0.79 deaths per thousand inhabitants in just five years, marking a significant uptick in the mortality rate's growth.

Lowest to Highest Mortality Rate

The lowest recorded mortality rate was in 2003, at 6.40 deaths per thousand inhabitants, while the highest was in 2023, at 7.87 deaths per thousand inhabitants. This span captures the full scope of mortality rate fluctuations over the observed period.

Decade of Stabilization

Between 2006 and 2016, the mortality rate demonstrated a period of relative stabilization, with figures slowly increasing from 6.81 deaths per thousand inhabitants to 7.04 deaths per thousand inhabitants. This decade-long span showcases a phase of moderate and steady growth before the more rapid increases of later years.

Short-term Increases

The annual increase in mortality rate between 2022 and 2023 was 0.5 deaths per thousand inhabitants, which is among the sharpest year-over-year rises within the dataset. This spike underscores the recent acceleration in mortality rate growth.

Early 21st Century Trends

The early 2000s saw minor fluctuations in the mortality rate, with a slight increase from 6.41 deaths per thousand inhabitants in 2002 to 6.45 deaths per thousand inhabitants in 2000, followed by a decrease to 6.40 deaths per thousand inhabitants in 2003. These minor changes indicate a period of relative stability before the gradual upward trend took a firmer hold.

Comparative Analysis Over Decades

Comparing the average mortality rate of the first decade of the 2000s (6.43 deaths per thousand inhabitants) with the rate in the 2020s (7.37 deaths per thousand inhabitants from 2020 to 2023), there is a clear increase in mortality, highlighting the trend of rising mortality rates over the two decades.

Frequently Asked Questions

What has been the trend in the mortality rate in China in recent years?

From 2000 to 2023, the mortality rate in China has exhibited a steady increase, growing from 6.45 deaths per thousand inhabitants to 7.87 deaths per thousand inhabitants.

What were the lowest and highest recorded mortality rates in the observed period?

The lowest recorded mortality rate was 6.40 deaths per thousand inhabitants in 2003, and the highest was 7.87 deaths per thousand inhabitants in 2023.

Terms and Definitions

The mortality rate is a measure of the frequency of death in a defined population during a specified interval of time. It is generally calculated per 1,000 or 100,000 individuals.

Infant mortality rate refers to the number of deaths of infants under one year old per 1,000 live births in a given year. It is a significant component of the overall mortality rate as it is an indicator of the general health and well-being of a population.

The crude death rate is the number of deaths occurring among the population of a specified geographic area during a year, per 1,000 mid-year total population of the given geographic area during the same year.

Age-specific mortality rate is the total number of deaths per year at a specific age or age group per the population of the specified age or age group.

Cause-specific mortality rate refers to the mortality rate due to a specific cause of death. It’s often per 100,000 persons and helps understand the main causes of death in a population.

Life expectancy is an estimate of the average number of years a person can be expected to live, assuming that current mortality rates continue to apply. It can indicate the overall health of a population.

The maternal mortality rate is the number of registered maternal deaths due to birth or pregnancy complications per 100,000 registered live births in a given year. This is a crucial health indicator because it shows the health quality of pregnant women and healthcare during childbirth and pregnancy.

Neonatal mortality rate refers to the number of deaths of infants within the first 28 days of life per 1,000 live births in a given year. It is usually a clear indication of the quality of healthcare provided to newborns and infants.
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