June 25, 2015

CHILDREN

Drowning is the top cause of accidental death for the youngest children. From ages 5 to 24, motor-vehicle accidents are the leading cause.

ADULTS

Of the 630,887 people ages 25 to 64 who died, 28,655 committed suicide, most commonly using a firearm.

ELDERLY

The most common cancer after age 55 is lung cancer, followed by lymphoid and blood cancers.

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AGE

UNDER 1

1-4

5-9

10-14

15-24

25-34

35-44

45-54

55-64

65 AND OVER

Birth defects

Premature births

Maternal pregnancy complications

SIDS

Accidents

Homicide

Cancer

Heart disease

Chronic respiratory disease

Stroke

20%

32%

31%

27%

41%

36%

22%

26%

34%

26%

18%

12%

18%

15%

16%

20%

22%

21%

7%

12%

7%

8%

7%

Suicide

13%

17%

14%

15%

12%

5%

7%

6%

6%

5%

8%

5%

5%

9%

15%

8%

5%

4%

5%

4%

7%

4%

3%

5%

4%

7%

3%

Heart disease

Cancer

Chronic respiratory disease

Stroke

Alzheimer’s

Diabetes

Accidents

Liver disease

Suicide

Homicide

Top 5 causes of death by percentage of all deaths within each age group

Causes outside the top 5 that appear in the top 5 at other ages

Total 2013 deaths for that age group

23,440

4,068

2,427

2,913

28,486

45,463

69,573

177,724

338,127

1,904,640

Nearly 75% of people who died in 2013 were over 65; today the life expectancy of a 65-year-old is 84

NOTES: ALL DATA FROM CDC. MATERNAL PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS INCLUDE ALL GESTATION AND DELIVERY COMPLICATIONS AFFECTING NEWBORNS

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This appears in the July 06, 2015 issue of TIME.

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