Mortality Rate

Mortality Rate

What does this measure?

The number of deaths per year, expressed as an age-adjusted rate per 10,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Mortality rates are a measure of the overall health of a community, particularly since some of the most common causes of death, such as heart disease, can be prevented or mitigated through lifestyle changes, prevention efforts, early intervention, and better health care.

How is our county doing?

In 2016, Essex County's mortality rate was 67 per 10,000 residents, a decrease of 17% since 2000. Essex had the same rate as the state and was lower than the nation (73 per 10,000 residents). The state and nation had similar decreases since 2000.

How do we compare to similar counties?

The mortality rate for Essex County in 2016 was a higher than Lake, IL and Middlesex (both at 61 per 10,000 residents) and Westchester, NY (54 per 10,000 residents). Essex County's reduction since 2000 was somewhat smaller than the declines of 23-25% in the comparison counties.

Notes about the data

Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies.

Mortality Rate
Essex County, MA8080817976727272706766676665666967
Middlesex County, MA7876767270696865646363636059606261
Lake County, IL8179787774717068676465636562636361
Westchester County, NY7272696766646361605757585556555454

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate per 10,000 residents. Numbers are age-adjusted.

Total Deaths
Essex County, MA6,5406,5486,6616,6136,4076,1376,2176,3506,2576,0826,0886,2336,2286,2946,5106,9206,692
Middlesex County, MA11,85911,71711,76011,24710,99811,00110,89210,63210,65410,60210,68511,06210,77510,80411,03011,54911,476
Lake County, IL3,6733,7873,8523,8753,8833,8773,9303,9193,9963,9514,0454,0744,3304,2774,4544,5574,503
Westchester County, NY7,4447,6067,3667,2777,2357,1317,0997,0086,9586,6906,7957,0596,9057,1847,1327,1087,135

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention