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Health Indicator Report of Age-Adjusted Death Rate

Age-adjusted death rates are constructs that show what the level of mortality would be if no changes occurred in the age composition of the population from year to year. Age-adjusted death rates are better than crude death rates as indicators of relative risk when comparing mortality across geographic areas or between gender or racial/ethnic subgroups of the population that have different age compositions.

Age-Adjusted Death Rate by County, New Jersey, 2015


Data Sources

  • Death Certificate Database, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, New Jersey Department of Health
  • Population Estimates, State Data Center, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, [http://lwd.state.nj.us/labor/lpa/dmograph/est/est_index.html]

Definition

The number of resident deaths per 100,000 population age-adjusted to the US 2000 standard population

Numerator

The number of resident deaths

Denominator

Total number of persons in the population

How Are We Doing?

The age-adjusted death rate is decreasing fairly steadily. The age-adjusted death rate among Blacks is 1.2 times the rate among Whites, 1.8 times the rate among Hispanics, and 2.9 times the rate among Asians. The age-adjusted death rate among males is about 40% higher than the rate among females. Rates vary across New Jersey counties from a low of 558 in Bergen County to a high of 907 in Cumberland County.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

The New Jersey and US age-adjusted death rates were about the same until the mid-to late-1990s when the New Jersey rate dropped below that of the US.
Page Content Updated On 07/06/2017, Published on 10/02/2017
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Content updated: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:52:42 EST