U.S.: Mortality Rate, by age and gender
Age GroupMaleFemale
All ages1,090.8965.1
Under 1 year569.1477.5
85 and over16,354.914,560.0
  • Region: United States
  • Time period: 2020
  • Published: Sep 2023

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Updated: Apr 13, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Higher Mortality Rates in Males Across All Ages

Males consistently show higher mortality rates than females across all age groups, with the overall rates standing at 1090.8 for males and 965.1 for females, highlighting a persistent gender disparity in mortality rates.

Dramatic Increases in Mortality Rates with Age

With age, mortality rates for both genders climb sharply, reaching their peak in the "85 and over" age group at 16354.9 for males and 14560.0 for females, emphasizing the increased vulnerability that comes with advancing age.

Lowest Mortality Rates Found in Ages 5-14

The age group of 5-14 years old experiences the lowest mortality rates, at 16.1 for males and 11.3 for females, suggesting optimal health or the effectiveness of health interventions during these years.

Sharp Gender Disparity in Mortality Rates Among Young Adults

For the 15-24 age group, mortality rates for males, at 121.9, nearly triple those for females, which stand at 44.8, pointing to significant gender-based differences in risk factors or behaviors during early adulthood.

Exponential Growth in Mortality Rates After Age 65

Individuals aged 65 and over see exponential increases in mortality rates, with figures more than doubling from the 65-74 to the 75-84 age group, and again rising sharply in the 85 and over category, underscoring the escalating health challenges faced by the elderly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the trend in mortality rates between males and females across all ages?

There is a consistent trend of higher mortality rates in males across all ages, with the overall rates at 1090.8 compared to 965.1 for females.

Which age group experiences the highest mortality rates?

The age group of "85 and over" experiences the highest mortality rates, peaking at 16354.9 for males and 14560.0 for females.

Which age group exhibits the lowest mortality rates?

The age group of 5-14 years old experiences the lowest mortality rates, standing at 16.1 for males and 11.3 for females.

How do mortality rates for males and females compare in the 15-24 age group?

In the 15-24 age group, mortality rates are nearly three times as high for males at 121.9 compared to 44.8 for females.

Terms and Definitions

A measure of the frequency of deaths in a defined population during a specified time period. Often calculated per 1000 or 100,000 individuals per year.

A measure of the number of years that a person has lived, usually presented in years. In statistical analyses, age is often categorized into age groups to facilitate comparison between different age demographics.

A term that refers to the biological and physiological differences between male and female individuals. In population studies, it's common to contrast health outcomes, including death rates, between males and females.

Statistical data relating to the population or particular groups within it. Demographics include factors like age, race, sex, economic status, level of education, etc.

A term used to describe the state of being subject to death. In health data, mortality rates refer to the number of deaths on average in a specific population.

An estimate of the average number of years that a person might expect to live based on current mortality rates.

Official count or survey of a population, typically recording various details of individuals, such as age and sex. It can be used to calculate death rates by age and sex among other demographic statistics.

A graphical illustration that shows the distribution of various age groups in a population, which forms the shape of a pyramid when the population is growing. It is often used in determining the death rate.
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