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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Persons Aged 85 Years and Older

In a typical year, 35-40% of all deaths among New Jersey residents are of persons aged 85 years and over.


Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes persons of any race.

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 85 years and over


Number of deaths among persons aged 85 years and over


Number of persons in the population aged 85 years and over

How Are We Doing?

The death rate among those aged 85 years and over was generally declining through 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic caused a sharp increase in 2020. The death rate was highest among Whites, followed by Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. In 2020, the leading causes of death among adults aged 85 years and over were heart disease, COVID-19, cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and stroke.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The death rate among New Jersey residents aged 85 years and over was significantly above the national rate in 2020.

Available Services

NJDHS Division of Aging Services: []

Health Program Information

NJDOH Chronic Disease Prevention & Control Services: [] NJDOH Cancer Initiatives: []
Page Content Updated On 10/27/2022, Published on 10/27/2022
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