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Deaths and Death Rates
Los Angeles County

Leading Causes of Premature_Death


Although we yet have no final numbers for all causes of death in Los Angeles County in 2020, we do know that, by early December, more than 8,000 COVID-19-related deaths were recorded in the county. This likely would rank COVID-19 as Los Angeles County's third leading cause of death, following coronary heart disease and cancer.


Also see for L.A. County: Leading Causes of Death/Premature Death by Year
and Leading Causes of Death and Premature Death by Race/Ethnicity
and Life Expectancy by Race in Los Angeles County


Causes of Death & Death Rates
Los Angeles County, 2016-2018
Cause of Death Deaths (Average) Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* 95% Confidence Limit (Lower) 95% Confidence Limit (Upper)
All Causes 63,559.0 619.4 568.4 563.9 572.9
All Cancers 14,583.7 142.1 129.9 127.7 132.0
Coronary Heart Disease 11,240.0 109.5 98.9 97.0 100.7
Alzheimer's Disease 4,097.0 39.9 36.2 35.1 37.3
Cerebrovascular Disease (Stroke) 3,731.3 36.4 33.4 32.3 34.5
Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 3,093.7 30.1 27.8 26.8 28.8
Diabetes 2,615.7 25.5 23.2 22.3 24.1
Accidents (Unintentional Injuries) 2,615.0 25.5 24.3 23.4 25.3
Cause of Death Deaths (Average) Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* 95% Confidence Limit (Lower) 95% Confidence Limit (Upper)
Lung Cancer 2,596.0 25.3 23.3 22.4 24.2
Influenza/Pneumonia 2,072.7 20.2 18.5 17.7 19.4
Chronic Liver Disease & Cirrhosis 1,438.0 14.0 12.6 11.9 13.2
Colorectal Cancer 1,418.3 13.8 12.6 12.0 13.3
Female Breast Cancer 1,157.0 22.2 18.6 17.5 19.7
Drug-Induced Deaths 962.3 9.4 9.0 8.4 9.6
Prostate Cancer 890.3 17.6 19.6 18.3 20.9
Suicide 887.3 8.6 8.3 7.7 8.8
Cause of Death Deaths (Average) Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* 95% Confidence Limit (Lower) 95% Confidence Limit (Upper)
Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes 878.0 8.6 8.2 7.7 8.8
Firearm-Related Deaths 775.0 7.6 7.4 6.9 8.0
Homicide 613.3 6.0 6.0 5.5 6.4

* Death rates are per 100,000 population (the estimated population for 2017 per the California Dept. of Finance). Crude death rate is the total number of deaths due to any cause occurring among the population during the specified period, per 100,000 population. Age-adjusted death rate is the result of a statistical process that adjusts for differences in death rates by cause of death among different age groups, per 100,000 population.

Source: California Dept. of Public Health

Number of Deaths & Death Rates
Averaged Over 3-Year Periods
Los Angeles County, 1995-2018

3-Year Period Deaths (Average) Crude Death Rate** Age-Adjusted Death Rate**
2016-2018 63,559.0 619.4 568.4
2015-2017 62,894.0 615.7 574.1
2014-2016 61,076.0 599.6 572.6
2013-2015 60,023.3 595.3 581.3
2012-2014 59,022.0 589.6 585.1
2011-2013 58,808.7 593.3 609.8
2010-2012 57,735.3 585.5 611.4
2009-2011 57,414.3 584.2 629.1
3-Year Period Deaths (Average) Crude Death Rate** Age-Adjusted Death Rate**
2008-2010 57,400.3 549.3 587.5
2007-2009 57,997.7 558.5 605.6
2006-2008 58,622.7 567.9 624.4
2005-2007 59,340.0 578.2 644.4
2004-2006 59,614.3 583.5 659.0
2003-2005 60,137.0 592.3 679.3
2002-2004 59,939.0 596.6 640.9
2001-2003 60,144.0 608.2 675.8
3-Year Period Deaths (Average) Crude Death Rate** Age-Adjusted Death Rate**
2000-2002 59,464.0 599.1 739.5
1999-2001 59,473.3 604.5 755.8
1998-2000 59,189.7 608.5 769.1
1997-1999 59,535.7 617.6 790.9
1996-1998 59,559.7 625.3 428.6
1995-1997 60,236.3 641.1 445.9

** Death rates are per 100,000 population (estimated population for the middle year of each 3-year period per the California Dept. of Finance).

Source: California Dept. of Public Health

Annual Number of Deaths & Death Rates
Los Angeles County & California, 1970-2018

Year Los Angeles County California (Statewide)
Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate*
2018 64,268 636.0 579.7 268,818 609.0 679.6
2017 63,792 627.7 583.1 268,189 678.3 618.7
2016 63,185 623.3 589.3 262,240 668.1 616.9
2015 62,408 613.6 591.0 259,206 662.2 621.6
2014 58,786 581.1 570.7 245,929 633.8 605.7
2013 59,883 597.8 599.5 248,359 647.9 630.1
2012 58,675 588.9 601.7 242,554 637.6 630.4
Year Los Angeles County California (Statewide)
Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate*
2011 58,356 590.1 615.2 239,942 636.6 641.3
2010 56,783 578.3 618.3 234,012 628.2 646.7
2009 57,910 591.7 641.8 232,736 629.7 655.5
2008 58,191 597.7 659.4 234,766 641.4 677.9
2007 58,383 601.9 675.4 233,720 644.7 691.7
2006 59,641 612.5 702.9 237,126 658.3 718.2
2005 60,369 616.9 719.0 237,037 661.6 730.7
Year Los Angeles County California (Statewide)
Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate*
2004 59,174 604.2 720.1 232,525 653.6 734.3
2003 61,093 625.5 753.6 239,371 679.0 768.4
2002 59,862 616.8 753.9 234,565 672.6 770.0
2001 60,063 624.0 771.2 234,044 678.8 783.2
2000 59,352 623.5 780.7 229,551 677.7 787.9
1999 59,910 634.8 801.1 229,380 684.7 802.3
1998 58,923 638.7 N/A 225,450 690.3 N/A
Year Los Angeles County California (Statewide)
Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate*
1997 60,070 656.7 N/A 223,438 693.7 N/A
1996 59,686 655.6 N/A 222,308 698.3 N/A
1995 60,953 669.5 N/A 222,626 704.1 N/A
1994 62,442 686.5 N/A 222,854 709.3 N/A
1993 62,250 686.2 N/A 220,271 707.1 N/A
1992 61,708 685.0 N/A 214,586 698.5 N/A
1991 61,585 691.3 N/A 214,220 710.7 N/A
Year Los Angeles County California (Statewide)
Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate*
1990 62,700 709.9 N/A 213,766 723.2 N/A
1989 64,940 745.9 N/A 215,930 750.5 N/A
1988 64,851 755.4 N/A 215,185 766.8 N/A
1987 64,237 760.0 N/A 209,395 764.6 N/A
1986 59,919 723.1 N/A 202,826 758.5 N/A
1985 62,250 766.5 N/A 201,815 772.9 N/A
1984 60,202 753.9 N/A 195,470 763.9 N/A
Year Los Angeles County California (Statewide)
Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate*
1983 58,427 744.6 N/A 188,018 749.8 N/A
1982 58,368 759.0 N/A 188,255 766.9 N/A
1981 58,101 769.1 N/A 184,732 768.5 N/A
1980 59,551 800.2 N/A 186,428 783.9 N/A
1979 56,631 768.8 N/A 177,214 762.0 N/A
1978 57,705 790.3 N/A 175,878 770.1 N/A
1977 56,388 777.7 N/A 170,441 762.5 N/A
Year Los Angeles County California (Statewide)
Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate* Number of Deaths Crude Death Rate* Age-Adjusted Death Rate*
1976 58,971 816.9 N/A 171,095 780.0 N/A
1975 59,622 833.5 N/A 170,797 793.0 N/A
1974 60,325 849.5 N/A 170,475 805.1 N/A
1973 61,693 871.3 N/A 172,798 828.0 N/A
1972 61,457 867.4 N/A 170,026 826.0 N/A
1971 62,931 889.0 N/A 169,349 832.3 N/A
1970 62,192 883.2 N/A 166,382 830.3 N/A

* Death rates are per 100,000 population (based upon U.S. Census (1999-most recent) or California Department of Finance population (1970-1998) estimates for that year).
Gross death rates are the result of dividing a total population by the number of deaths. This does not account mortality-rate differences between specific age groups. Age-adjusted rates do account for these differences and are considered a more accurate reflection of a population's overall mortality rate.

N/A - Adjusted age rate data for 1970-1998 were not available for these years.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1999-most recent); California Dept. of Public Health (1970-1998)


Leading Premature Causes of Death
By Los Angeles County Region

The map below shows geographical statistical regions (Service Planning Areas or SPAs) in Los Angeles County used by local health-tracking agencies. According the last mortality report (2017) from the Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health, Coronary heart disease was the leading cause of premature death in all SPAs except SPA 1 (motor vehicle crash), SPA 5 (drug overdose) and SPA 6 (homicide). The map below shows the eight SPAs and an icon for the second leading cause of premature death in each (except SPAs 1, 5 and 6, where, because coronary heart disease did not rank first, we retained the first-place causes in this map). The second leading cause of premature death in SPA 2 was drug overdose. For SPA 3 and SPA 4, it was suicide. For SPA 7, it was motor vehicle crash. For SPA 8, it was homicide.


Map of LA County Leading Causes of Death

Sources: Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health