Health Indicator Report of Age-Adjusted Death Rate
Age-adjusted death rates are constructs that show what the level of mortality would be if no changes occurred in the age composition of the population from year to year. Age-adjusted death rates are better than crude death rates as indicators of relative risk when comparing mortality across geographic areas or between gender or racial/ethnic subgroups of the population that have different age compositions.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [https://wonder.cdc.gov/Deaths-by-Underlying-Cause.html]
- Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
- Population Estimates, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
DefinitionThe number of resident deaths per 100,000 population age-adjusted to the US 2000 standard population
NumeratorThe number of resident deaths
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the population
How Are We Doing?The age-adjusted death rate had been decreasing fairly steadily until the opioid crisis took hold in 2017. The decline resumed in 2018 and 2019. The age-adjusted death rate among Blacks is 1.2 times the rate among Whites, 1.8 times the rate among Hispanics, and 2.7 times the rate among Asians. The age-adjusted death rate among males is 1.4 times the rate among females. Rates vary across New Jersey counties from a low of 519 in Hunterdon County to a high of 915 in Cumberland County.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?The New Jersey and US age-adjusted death rates were about the same until the mid-to late-1990s when the New Jersey rate dropped below that of the US.
Page Content Updated On 05/11/2021, Published on 05/11/2021