Helping News                                                 January, 2015   Issue 79

NCHS Data Brief
Number 168, October 2014

Mortality in the United States, 2012

Key findings
Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality

Life expectancy at birth for the U.S. population reached a record high of 78.8 years in 2012.

The age-adjusted death rate for the United States decreased 1.1% from 2011 to 2012 to a record low of 732.8 per 100,000 standard population.

The 10 leading causes of death in 2012 remained the same as in 2011. Age-adjusted death rates decreased significantly from 2011 to 2012 for 8 of the 10 leading causes and increased significantly for one leading cause (suicide).

The infant mortality rate decreased 1.5% from 2011 to 2012 to a historic low of 597.8 infant deaths per 100,000 live births. The 10 leading causes of infant death in 2012 remained the same as in 2011.

This report presents 2012 U.S. final mortality data on deaths and death rates by demographic and medical characteristics. These data provide information on mortality patterns among residents of the United States by such variables as sex, race and ethnicity, and cause of death. Information on mortality patterns is key to understanding changes in the health and well-being of the U.S. population (1). Life expectancy estimates, age-adjusted death rates by race and ethnicity and sex, 10 leading causes of death, and 10 leading causes of infant death were analyzed by comparing 2012 final data with 2011 final data.

Know the top ten warning signs of suicidal thinking:

1. Previous suicide attempts

2. Recent suicide of a friend or relative

3. Threats of suicide

4. Depression

5. Changes in personality or behavior

6. Increased use of drugs and/or alcohol

7. Behavioral disturbances

8. Psychiatric illness

9. Preparations for death

10. A sudden lift in spirits

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