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Deaths

Description: 

The number of deaths, by county of residence, is counted from death certificates. The crude death rate is calculated by dividing the number of deaths by an estimate of population. It is not adjusted for differences in the age composition.

The numbers of deaths are presented on Arizona Indicators since 1970 for the United States, Arizona, and the 15 Arizona counties. Data prior to 1970 are available from the sources. Preliminary data are released monthly, but final counts are slow to be released.

Data Source: 

Deaths are reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services http://www.azdhs.gov/plan/menu/for/deathscounty.htm and, for national data, the National Center for Health Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm.

Population estimates used to calculate the death rate come from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau. The latest data can be obtained at http://www.census.gov/popest/counties but the historical data are more easily accessed from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis: http://www.bea.gov/regional/index.htm.

Data Quality Comments: 

The death data are believed to be an accurate count of the number dying in the United States. However, the population used to calculate death rates are estimates.

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Visualization Notes:

The number of deaths per 1,000 residents was 7.4 in Arizona in 2012; the national data are not yet available. The crude death rate ranged across Arizona, from less than 6 in Coconino County — which has a low proportion of residents of retirement age — to more than 11 in Gila, La Paz, Mohave, and Yavapai counties, which have high shares of older residents. The crude death rate in Maricopa and Pinal counties is lower than the state’s figure, but the figure in Pima County, the other populous county, is above the state’s figure.

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Visualization Notes:

The number of deaths per 1,000 residents has slowly declined over time nationally and in Arizona. However, the figure has increased a bit in recent years nationally and in Arizona.

Data Source

Deaths are reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services http://www.azdhs.gov/plan/menu/for/deathscounty.htm and, for national data, the National Center for Health Statistics http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm.

Population estimates used to calculate the death rate come from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau. The latest data can be obtained at http://www.census.gov/popest/counties but the historical data are more easily accessed from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis: http://www.bea.gov/regional/index.htm.