DefinitionThe number of resident deaths per 100,000 population
NumeratorThe number of resident deaths
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
Why Is This Important?Crude death rates are the actual measures of mortality risk in a population. Age-adjusted rates are better for comparison across time, geography, and demographic subgroups, so crude rates should only be used to determine the probability or underlying risk of death.
How Are We Doing?The crude death rate in New Jersey was generally decreasing until recent increases beginning in 2015.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The crude death rate among New Jerseyans was above that of the U.S. until 2008.