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Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 51


Indicator 51. Causes of Death


Number of deaths per 100,000 persons 5 to 24 years old, by age and cause of death: 1960 to 1992(1)

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                            |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |      |
       Cause of death       | 1960 | 1965 | 1970 | 1975 | 1980 | 1985 | 1988 | 1989 | 1990 | 1991 | 1992
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                                                          5 to 14 years old

   All causes ..............  46.6   42.2   41.3   35.2   30.6   26.3   25.8   25.7   24.0   23.6   22.5
Motor vehicle accidents ....   7.9    8.9   10.2    8.7    7.9    6.9    7.1    6.5    5.9    5.6    5.2
All other accidents ........  11.3    9.8    9.9    9.4    7.1    5.7    5.2    5.3    4.5    4.6    4.1
Suicide ....................   0.3    0.3    0.3    0.5    0.4    0.8    0.7    0.7    0.8    0.7    0.9
  Males, white .............   0.5    0.5    0.5    0.8    0.7    1.3    1.1    1.1    1.1    1.2    1.3
  Females, white ...........   0.1    0.1    0.1    0.2    0.2    0.5    0.4    0.3    0.4    0.4    0.5
  Males, black ............. (\2\)  (\2\)  (\2\)    0.1    0.3  (\2\)  (\2\)    0.9    0.8    1.0    1.0
  Females, black ........... (\2\)  (\2\)    0.2    0.1    0.1  (\2\)  (\2\)  (\2\)  (\2\)  (\2\)  (\2\)
Homicide\3\ ................   0.5    0.6    0.9    1.0    1.2    1.2    1.3    1.5    1.5    1.4    1.6
  Males, white .............   0.4    0.5    0.5    0.8    0.9    1.1    1.0    1.0    1.1    1.2    1.2
  Females, white ...........   0.3    0.4    0.5    0.8    1.0    0.8    0.8    0.9    0.8    0.7    0.8
  Males, black .............   1.4    2.2    4.2    2.7    2.9    3.3    4.3    5.1    5.1    5.4    5.9
  Females, black ...........   1.0    1.0    2.0    2.0    2.2    2.0    3.2    3.0    3.6    2.8    3.4
Cancer .....................   6.8    6.5    6.0    4.8    4.3    3.5    3.2    3.3    3.1    3.1    3.0
Heart disease ..............   1.3    0.9    0.8    0.9    0.9    1.0    0.9    0.8    0.9    0.8    0.8
Pneumonia/influenza ........   2.6    2.1    1.6    1.0    0.6    0.4    0.4    0.4    0.4    0.4    0.3

                                                        15 to 24 years old

   All causes .............. 106.3  109.3  127.7  117.3  115.4   95.9  102.1   97.6   99.2  100.1   95.6
Motor vehicle accidents ....  38.0   44.2   47.2   39.2   44.8   35.7   37.8   34.6   34.1   32.0   28.5
All other accidents ........  18.1   17.5   21.5   21.1   16.9   12.2   10.7   10.2    9.8    9.9    9.3
Suicide ....................   5.2    6.2    8.8   11.8   12.3   12.8   12.9   13.0   13.2   13.1   13.0
  Males, white .............   8.6    9.6   13.9   19.6   21.4   22.7   23.4   22.5   23.2   23.0   22.7
  Females, white ...........   2.3    3.0    4.2    4.9    4.6    4.7    4.6    4.3    4.2    4.2    3.8
  Males, black .............   4.1    8.1   10.5   12.7   12.3   13.3   14.5   16.6   15.1   16.4   18.0
  Females, black ........... (\2\)    2.7    3.8    3.2    2.3    2.0    2.6    2.9    2.3    1.6    2.2
Homicide\3\ ................   5.9    6.8   11.7   13.7   15.6   12.1   15.4   16.5   19.9   22.4   22.2
  Males, white .............   4.4    4.9    7.9   11.2   15.5   11.2   11.5   12.3   15.4   16.9   17.5
  Females, white ...........   1.5    1.8    2.7    4.0    4.7    3.6    3.9    3.8    4.0    4.4    4.1
  Males, black .............  46.4   57.1  102.5   89.0   84.3   65.9  101.4  114.2  138.3  158.9  154.4
  Females, black ...........  11.9   12.3   17.7   20.3   18.4   14.2   17.5   17.4   18.9   21.6   19.4
Cancer .....................   8.3    8.2    8.3    6.8    6.3    5.4    5.0    5.0    4.9    5.0    5.0
Heart disease ..............   4.0    3.1    3.0    2.6    2.9    2.8    2.9    2.5    2.5    2.7    2.7
Pneumonia/influenza ........   3.0    2.2    2.4    1.7    0.8    0.6    0.7    0.7    0.6    0.7    0.6
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/1/ Some data have been revised from previously published figures.

/2/ Less than .05 percent.

/3/ Includes legal intervention.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Vital Statistics of the United States, Volume II-Mortality, Part A, various years and Monthly Vital Statistics vol. 43, no. 6, Supplement, 1995 (corrected).

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