DefinitionDeaths among those aged 15 through 24 years
NumeratorNumber of deaths among persons aged 15-24 years
DenominatorNumber of persons aged 15-24 years in the population
Why Is This Important?The deaths of teens and young adults present a public health concern and an opportunity for prevention. The leading cause of death among persons 15-24 years old is injury. These deaths are, for the most part, preventable.
How Are We Doing?About 700 residents aged 15-24 years die in New Jersey each year. The death rate among Blacks aged 15-24 years is nearly double that of Whites and Hispanics. The leading causes of death among teens and young adults aged 15-24 years are unintentional injury, homicide, suicide, heart disease, and cancer. In 2016, nearly two-thirds of unintentional injury deaths in this age group were due to drug poisoning.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The death rate among New Jersey residents aged 15-24 years is significantly lower than the national rate.