Back to School at FamilyEducation.com

10 Leading Causes of Death in the U.S., 2010

In 2010, as in previous years, accidents were the leading cause of death for those under 34 years, while in older age groups, chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease were the leading causes. The top two—heart disease and cancer—are exactly the same. However, the age-adjusted death rate came in at a record low value of 747.0 per 100,000 for the United States, and life expectancy increased to a record high value of 78.7 years.

Rank Causes of death All persons
All causes 2,468,435
1. Diseases of heart 597,689
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 574,743
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 138,080
4. Cerebrovascular diseases 129,476
5. Accidents/unintentional injuries 120,859
6. Alzheimer's disease 83,494
7. Diabetes mellitus 69,071
8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 50,476
9. Influenza and pneumonia 50,097
10. Suicide/intentional self-harm 38,364
Source: cdc.gov, National Vital Statistics Reports: Deaths: Final Data for 2010, May 8, 2013.

Information PleaseĀ® Database, Ā© 2007 Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.

Mortality

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Twitter icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks

highlights

Join BIC on our mission to save handwriting and Fight For Your Write! Writing helps kids become better readers, boosts their confidence and sparks their creativity. Visit BICFightForYourWrite.com to sign our petition to save handwriting!

11 Coolest Lunch Boxes for Kids
Send your child's lunch to school in style! Check out our picks for the 11 best lunch boxes with great features from BPA-free accessories to spill-resistant fabric.

7 Important Back-to-School Safety Tips
Follow these back-to-school safety tips to make sure your child stays safe on the way to school, in the classroom, and while on the playground.

Kindergarten Readiness App Wins Gold
Our Kindergarten Readiness app won the Gold Award of Excellence in the educational category at the 2014 Communicator Awards. This valuable checklist comes with games and activities to help your child practice the essential skills she needs for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!