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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Persons 15-24 Years Old

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.


Unintentional injuries are commonly referred to as "accidents." **The number of deaths is too small to a calculate reliable rate.

Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, [ State Data Center], New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Deaths among those aged 15 through 24 years


Number of deaths among persons aged 15-24 years


Number of persons aged 15-24 years in the population

How Are We Doing?

Between 638 and 783 residents aged 15-24 years died each year in New Jersey from 2000-2018. The count declined to 555 in 2019. The death rate among Blacks aged 15-24 years is significantly above the rates for other racial/ethnic groups but the gap has narrowed in recent years. The leading causes of death among teens and young adults aged 15-24 years are unintentional injury, homicide, suicide, cancer, and heart disease. In 2019, more than half 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.

Available Services

NJ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services: [] Hotlines (All are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.): *[ Poison Control]: 1-800-222-1222 *[ 2NDFLOOR] is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults: 1-888-222-2228 *[ New Jersey Hopeline] provides confidential suicide prevention counseling: 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735) *[ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline] connects callers to skilled, trained counselors at local crisis centers: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Page Content Updated On 06/07/2021, Published on 06/07/2021
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