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Health Indicator Report of Deaths among Asian Persons

Analysis of mortality by race/ethnicity is essential to the elimination of health disparities.


*Asian Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, or other Asian. Does not include Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders.   Unintentional injuries are commonly referred to as "accidents."

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

Data Interpretation Issues

Death rates for Asian persons should be interpreted with caution because of inconsistencies in reporting race on the death certificate as compared with race on censuses, surveys, and birth certificates. Studies have shown underreporting on death certificates of Asian decedents as well as undercounts of this group in the censuses. Nationally, studies have shown a 3% net underreport on death certificates for the Asian and Pacific Islander population.[ ^1^]


Deaths among persons identified as Asian on their death certificate


Number of deaths among Asians


Number of Asians in the population

How Are We Doing?

Death rates for both male and female Asians are generally declining. The leading causes of death among Asians in New Jersey in 2019 were: #cancer #heart disease #stroke #diabetes #unintentional injuries #septicemia #kidney disease #Alzheimer's disease #chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD) #influenza and pneumonia

What Is Being Done?

Health equity is a priority in the [ 2020 New Jersey State Health Improvement Plan] and a guiding principle of the [ Healthy New Jersey 2030] initiative.

Health Program Information

NJDOH Office of Minority and Multicultural Health: []
Page Content Updated On 05/26/2021, Published on 05/26/2021
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