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Leading Causes of Death
Los Angeles County

By Year, 2008-2017

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Leading Causes of Death - 2013-2017

Age-adjusted death rate* in parentheses

Year 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
#1 Cororany heart disease
11,211 (102.9)
Cororany heart disease
11,115 (103.1)
Cororany heart disease
11,385 (107.6)
Cororany heart disease
11,062 (109.0)
Cororany heart disease
11,827 (116.7)
#2 Alzheimer's disease
4,179 (38.7)
Alzheimer's disease
4,002 (36.9)
Alzheimer's disease
3,800 (35.6)
Stroke
3,205 (32.0)
Stroke
3,300 (32.8)
#3 Stroke
3,749 (35.0)
Stroke
3,666 (34.6)
Stroke
3,668 (35.4)
Alzheimer's disease
2,884 (28.4)
COPD
2,874 (29.2)
#4 COPD
2,927 (27.6)
COPD
2,996 (28.5)
COPD
2,857 (27.7)
COPD
2,673 (27.2)
Lung cancer
2,687 (27.5)
#5 Diabetes Mellitus
2,658 (24.7)
Lung cancer
2,657 (25.2)
Lung cancer
2,851 (27.6)
Lung cancer
2,617 (26.6)
Alzheimer's disease
2,577 (25.1)
#6 Lung cancer
2,556 (24.0)
Diabetes Mellitus
2,480 (23.1)
Diabetes Mellitus
2,373 (22.7)
Diabetes Mellitus
2,291 (22.9)
Pneumonia / influenza
2,264 (22.5)
#7 Pneumonia / influenza
1,957 (18.4)
Pneumonia / influenza
2,066 (19.4)
Pneumonia / influenza
2,124 (20.3)
Pneumonia / influenza
2,071 (20.7)
Diabetes Mellitus
2,172 (21.9)
#8 Colorectal cancer
1,449 (13.4)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,442 (13.2)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,539 (14.2)
Colorectal cancer
1,372 (13.6)
Colorectal cancer
1,376 (13.8)
#9 Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,412 (12.5)
Colorectal cancer
1,358 (12.7)
Colorectal cancer
1,482 (14.0)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,323 (12.5)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,315 (12.8)
#10 Breast cancer (female)
1,172 (19.4)
Breast cancer (female)
1,119 (18.8)
Breast cancer (female)
1,072 (18.4)
Breast cancer (female)
1,212 (21.4)
Breast cancer (female)
1,138 (20.5)

*Age-adjusted rate per 100,000. The death rates for 2008-2009 were recalculated using new population estimates based on the 2010 Census, therefore, death rates in this report may differ from rates previously published.

Leading Causes of Death - 2008-2012

Age-adjusted death rate* in parentheses

Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
#1 Cororany heart disease
11,677 (114.7)
Cororany heart disease
11,913 (121.5)
Cororany heart disease
12,635 (137.8)
Cororany heart disease
12,725 (135.1)
Cororany heart disease
13,428 (145.6)
#2 Stroke
3,360 (33.5)
Stroke
3,256 (33.6)
Stroke
3,278 (36.2)
Stroke
3,301 (35.5)
Stroke
3,280 (35.9)
#3 Lung cancer
2,809 (28.7)
Lung cancer
2,908 (31.0)
Lung cancer
2,941 (32.8)
Lung cancer
2,958 (33.0)
Lung cancer
2,910 (32.9)
#4 COPD
2,646 (26.8)
COPD
2,874 (30.5)
COPD
2,622 (29.6)
COPD
2,904 (31.9)
COPD
2,889 (32.3)
#5 Alzheimer's disease
2,476 (24.0)
Alzheimer's disease
2,346 (23.6)
Alzheimer's disease
2,242 (24.7)
Alzheimer's disease
2,125 (22.0)
Diabetes Mellitus
2,190 (24.2)
#6 Diabetes Mellitus
2,204 (22.4)
Diabetes Mellitus
2,196 (22.9)
Pneumonia / influenza
1,964 (21.9)
Pneumonia / influenza
2,097 (22.4)
Pneumonia / influenza
2,171 (23.6)
#7 Pneumonia / influenza
2,048 (20.3)
Pneumonia / influenza
2,062 (21.3)
Diabetes Mellitus
1,894 (21.0)
Diabetes Mellitus
1,964 (21.3)
Alzheimer's disease
2,121 (22.6)
#8 Colorectal cancer
1,397 (13.9)
Colorectal cancer
1,400 (14.5)
Colorectal cancer
1,285 (14.0)
Colorectal cancer
1,388 (15.0)
Colorectal cancer
1,365 (15.0)
#9 Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,275 (12.4)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,246 (12.5)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,171 (12.0)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,246 (12.9)
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
1,134 (11.9)
#10 Breast cancer (female)
1,170 (21.1)
Breast cancer (female)
1,143 (21.2)
Breast cancer (female)
1,109 (21.1)
Breast cancer (female)
1,166 (22.5)
Breast cancer (female)
1,071 (20.8)

*Age-adjusted rate per 100,000. The death rates for 2008-2009 were recalculated using new population estimates based on the 2010 Census, therefore, death rates in this report may differ from rates previously published.

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Leading Causes of PREMATURE* Death - 2013-2017

Death rates not included in this table

Year 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
#1 Cororany heart disease
51,515
--- --- --- Cororany heart disease
53,380
#2 Drug overdose
27,743
--- --- --- Homicide
23,993
#3 Suicide
26,016
--- --- --- Motor vehicle crash
23,660
#4 Motor vehicle crash
25,915
--- --- --- Drug overdose
22,412
#5 Homicide
24,769
--- --- --- Suicide
21,641
#6 Liver disease/ cirrhosis
21,604
--- --- --- Liver disease/ cirrhosis
21,064
#7 Diabetes Mellitus
19,102
--- --- --- Lung cancer
15,707
#8 Stroke
16,085
--- --- --- Diabetes Mellitus
14,625
#9 Lung cancer
13,427
--- --- --- Stroke
14,146
#10 Breast cancer
12,224
--- --- --- Breast cancer
13,098

* Death prior to age 75
† Data for these years were not available from the Los Angeles County Dept. of Public Health.

Leading Causes of PREMATURE* Death - 2008-2012

Death rates not included in this table

Year 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
#1 Coronary heart disease
52,263
Coronary heart disease
51,374
Coronary heart disease
57,607
Coronary heart disease
59,440
Coronary heart disease
59,821
#2 Homicide
24,905
Homicide
25,255
Homicide
28,442
Homicide
31,270
Homicide
37,087
#3 Motor vehicle crash
22,895
Motor vehicle crash
21,732
Suicide
22,390
Motor vehicle crash
22,017
Motor vehicle crash
28,195
#4 Liver disease/ cirrhosis
20,788
Drug overdose
20,590
Motor vehicle crash
19,750
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
21,515
Suicide
22,177
#5 Suicide
20,683
Suicide
19,907
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
19,425
Suicide
20,835
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
19,749
#6 Drug overdose
18,206
Liver disease/ cirrhosis
18,024
Drug overdose
18,652
Drug overdose
20,484
Drug overdose
19,269
#7 Lung cancer
16,858
Lung cancer
17,086
Lung cancer
18,100
Lung cancer
17,295
Lung cancer
16,862
#8 Diabetes Mellitus
16,041
Diabetes Mellitus
15,046
Stroke
14,709
Stroke
15,554
Diabetes Mellitus
15,650
#9 Stroke
14,855
Stroke
14,838
Breast cancer
12,999
Diabetes Mellitus
14,697
Stroke
15,197
#10 Breast cancer
12,843
Breast cancer
12,551
Diabetes Mellitus
12,221
Breast cancer
13,466
Breast cancer
12,346

* Death prior to age 75

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health