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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.

Data Sources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File. CDC WONDER On-line Database accessed at [http://wonder.cdc.gov/cmf-icd10.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

Definition

The number of resident deaths per 100,000 population age-adjusted to the US 2000 standard population

Numerator

The number of resident deaths

Denominator

Total number of persons in the population

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted death rate is decreasing fairly steadily. The age-adjusted death rate among Blacks is 1.2 times the rate among Whites, 1.8 times the rate among Hispanics, and 2.8 times the rate among Asians. However, the rate among Blacks decreased between 2016 and 2017 while increasing among Whites, Hispanics, and 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 532 in Hunterdon County to a high of 940 in Cumberland County where the rate increased 8% between 2016 and 2017.

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 07/11/2019, Published on 07/11/2019
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