"• In 2019, a total of 2,854,838 resident deaths were registered in the United States, yielding a crude death rate of 869.7 per 100,000 population.

"• The age-adjusted death rate, which accounts for the aging of the population, was 715.2 deaths per 100,000 U.S. standard population.

"• Life expectancy at birth was 78.8 years.

"• The 15 leading causes of death in 2019 were:
"1. Diseases of heart (heart disease)
"2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
"3. Accidents (unintentional injuries)
"4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases
"5. Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
"6. Alzheimer disease
"7. Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
"8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
"9. Influenza and pneumonia
"10. Intentional self-harm (suicide)
"11. Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
"12. Septicemia
"13. Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension)
"14. Parkinson disease
"15. Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids"


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