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Crude Death Rate

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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.


The number of resident deaths per 100,000 population

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How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:The number of resident deaths
Denominator:Estimated number of persons in the population

How Are We Doing?

The crude death rate in New Jersey was generally decreasing until recent increases beginning in 2015 and then skyrocketing in 2020 due to COVID-19.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The crude death rate among New Jerseyans was above that of the U.S. until 2008. It remained statistically significantly below the U.S. rate from 2009 through 2019. In 2020, the rate was again above the U.S. rate due to the heavy COVID-19 death toll among New Jersey residents.

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Indicator Data Last Updated On 04/20/2022, Published on 06/12/2024
Center for Health Statistics, New Jersey Department of Health, PO Box 360, Trenton, NJ 08625-0360, e-mail: (