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Health Indicator Report of Deaths due to Stroke

Stroke was the fifth leading cause of death in New Jersey and the US in 2020. It is a major cause of serious disability for adults and it is preventable and treatable.


This is Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) Objective HDS-2. Data for White, Black, and Asian do not include Hispanics. Hispanic ethnicity includes all races.

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 with cerebrovascular disease (stroke) as the underlying cause of death. ICD-10 codes: I60-I69


Number of deaths due to stroke


Total number of persons in the population

Healthy People Objective: Reduce stroke deaths

U.S. Target: 34.8 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)
State Target: 28.6 deaths per 100,000 population (age-adjusted)

Other Objectives

'''Healthy New Jersey 2020 Objective HDS-2''': Reduce the age-adjusted mortality rate due to stroke per 100,000 standard population to 28.6 for the total population, 28.0 among Whites, 41.4 among Blacks, 17.1 among Hispanics, and 17.4 among Asians.

How Are We Doing?

In New Jersey, more than 3,500 deaths each year are due to stroke. The age-adjusted death rate due to stroke was steadily declining before slight increases in 2019 and 2020. Blacks have the highest age-adjusted death rate due to stroke and experienced a large (25%) increase between 2019 and 2020 while the rate among Asians rose 6%, among Whites 2%, and decreased among Hispanics. It is conceivable that the COVID-19 pandemic caused an increase in deaths due to delays in medical care and fears of going to the hospital and being exposed to COVID. In the total population and among each racial/ethnic group, males have a higher death rate than females. County rates range from a low of 22.2 deaths per 100,000 residents (age-adjusted) in Hunterdon to a high of 48.5 in Salem. The Healthy New Jersey 2020 (HNJ2020) target was achieved by Blacks in 2018-2019 but the rate rose above the target in 2020. No other racial/ethnic group achieved its HNJ2020 target during the decade.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The rate among New Jerseyans is statistically significantly below the US rate.

Evidence-based Practices

[ Prevent Stroke: What You Can Do]
Page Content Updated On 05/03/2022, Published on 05/03/2022
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