Ways You're Most Likely To Die At Every Age In America

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Newborn

Infant mortality rates are fairly high in the US when compared to other developed countries. This might have to do with socioeconomic inequality and access to health services.

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Ages 1 to 4

The leading cause of death in toddlers is unintentional injury. This includes things such as being crushed by a piece of furniture, choking,  and drowning, among others.

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Ages 5 to 9

As kids grow older, other unintentional injuries pose a threat. Things like car accidents become more common at this age. According to the CDC, many such deaths were preventable. E.g. not wearing seatbelts or being driven by a person under the influence.

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Ages 15 to 24

Motor vehicle accidents top the cause of death ranking for this age group. The younger the driver, the higher the death rate. Young drivers don't always wear seatbelts, are more easily distracted by their phones, and are more likely to speed.

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Ages 25 to 34

Unintentional injury tops the list as the major cause of death in this age group. However, motor vehicle accidents are replaced by accidental poisonings as the leading cause.

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Ages 35 to 44

Unintentional poisoning deaths and motor vehicle deaths top the list as the main causes of death of people in this age group.

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Ages 45 to 54

Unintentional injuries do go down when people reach this age, but chronic diseases start to creep up. In total, cancer tops the list as the #1 killer of Americans aged 45 to 54.

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Ages 55 to 64

Those aged 55 to 64 most often die of cancer and heart disease. In 2020, COVID-19 entered the top 3 as one of the leading causes of death, making it the only infectious disease to do so in many years.

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Ages 65 to 74

Those aged 55 to 64 most often die of cancer and heart disease. In 2020, COVID-19 entered the top 3 as one of the leading causes of death, making it the only infectious disease to do so in many years.

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Ages 75 to 84

In addition to the conditions previously mentioned, Alzheimer's disease starts to take a toll on those aged 75 to 84.

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Aged 85+

Heart disease still kills the most people aged 85 or above, though cancer continues to claim the lives of those who reach this age.

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