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Leading Causes of Death
By Race/Ethnicity
Los Angeles County

People of Different Races

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Although we do not yet have complete 2020 mortality numbers in Los Angeles County, it appears that COVID-19 will likely be a significant cause of death. By October 2020, COVID death rates for Asian and Black Los Angeles County residents appear likely to rank the virus as their second leading cause of death. For Latinos, COVID-19 may prove to become their leading cause of death in 2020.


Data for 2017 unless other noted

ALL RACES
Leading Causes of Death Leading Causes of Premature* Death
Rank & Cause # of Deaths AAMR(1) Rank & Cause YPLL(2) YPLL AAR(3)
1. Coronary Heart Disease 11,211 103 1. Coronary Heart Disease 51,515 N/A(4)
2. Alzheimer's Disease 4,179 39 2. Drug Overdose (Unintentional) 27,743 N/A(4)
3. Stroke 3,749 35 3. Suicide 26,016 N/A(4)
4. COPD 2,927 28 4. Motor Vehicle Crash 25,915 N/A(4)
5. Diabetes Mellitus 2,658 25 5. Homicide 24,769 N/A(4)
6. Lung Cancer 2,556 24 6. Liver Disease/ Cirrhosis 21,604 N/A(4)
7. Pneumonia/ Influenza 1,957 18 7. Diabetes Mellitus 19,102 N/A(4)
8. Colorectal Cancer 1,449 13 8. Stroke 16,085 N/A(4)
9. Liver Disease/ Cirrhosis 1,412 13 9. Lung Cancer 13,427 N/A(4)
10. Hypertensive heart Disease 1,402 13 10. Breast Cancer 12,224 N/A(4)

AMERICAN INDIANS/ ALASKA NATIVES (2014-2017(5))

Leading Causes of Death Leading Causes of Premature* Death
Rank & Cause # of Deaths AAMR(1) Rank & Cause YPLL(2) YPLL AAR(3)
1. Coronary Heart Disease 116 N/A(4) 1. Coronary Heart Disease 693 N/A(4)
2. Stroke 40 N/A(4) 2. Drug Overdose (Unintentional) 499 N/A(4)
3. Diabetes Mellitus 38 N/A(4) 3. Liver Disease/ Cirrhosis 431 N/A(4)
4. Alzheimer's Disease 34 N/A(4) 4. Diabetes Mellitus 409 N/A(4)
5. Lung Cancer 33 N/A(4) 5. Suicide 355 N/A(4)
6. COPD 31 N/A(4) 6. Hypertension 248 N/A(4)
7. Liver Disease/ Cirrhosis 29 N/A(4) 7. Lung Cancer 245 N/A(4)
8. Pneumonia/ Influenza 25 N/A(4) 8. Homicide 237 N/A(4)
9. Drug overdose (Unintentional) 18 N/A(4) 9. Breast Cancer 185 N/A(4)
10. Hypertensive heart Disease 17 N/A(4) 10. Stroke 182 N/A(4)

ASIAN

Leading Causes of Death Leading Causes of Premature* Death
Rank & Cause # of Deaths AAMR(1) Rank & Cause YPLL(2) YPLL AAR(3)
1. Coronary Heart Disease 1,491 75 1. Coronary Heart Disease 4,450 232
2. Stroke 625 32 2. Suicide 3,208 221
3. Lung Cancer 447 23 3. Lung Cancer 2,457 123
4. Alzheimer's Disease 431 21 4. Breast Cancer 2,270 129
5. Diabetes Mellitus 411 21 5. Stroke 2,171 115
6. Pneumonia/ Influenza 382 19 6. Diabetes Mellitus 1,920 105
7. COPD 277 14 7. Colorectal Cancer 1,683 88
8. Colorectal Cancer 223 11 8. Drug Overdose (Unintentional) 1,554 105
9. Renal failure 217 11 9. Malignant Neoplasms of Liver & Intrahepatic Bile Ducts 1,406 70
10. Hypertensive heart Disease 216 11 10. Motor Vehicle Crash 1,285 81

BLACK

Leading Causes of Death Leading Causes of Premature* Death
Rank & Cause # of Deaths AAMR(1) Rank & Cause YPLL(2) YPLL AAR(3)
1. Coronary Heart Disease 1,556 158 1. Coronary Heart Disease 10,825 987
2. Stroke 497 53 2. Homicide 7,032 829
3. Diabetes Mellitus 405 42 3. Motor Vehicle Crash 4,204 479
4. Alzheimer's Disease 399 46 4. Diabetes Mellitus 3,410 342
5. COPD 384 40 5. Stroke 3,099 316
6. Lung Cancer 372 37 6. Drug Overdose (Unintentional) 2,973 319
7. Hypertensive heart Disease 233 24 7. Lung Cancer 2,571 226
8. Hypertension 223 23 8. Hypertensive Heart Disease 2,245 221
9. Renal failure 218 23 9. Suicide 2,109 251
10. Pneumonia/ Influenza 211 22 10. Breast Cancer 1,896 189

LATINO

Leading Causes of Death Leading Causes of Premature* Death
Rank & Cause # of Deaths AAMR(1) Rank & Cause YPLL(2) YPLL AAR(3)
1. Coronary Heart Disease 2,597 81 1. Coronary Heart Disease 15,941 341
2. Diabetes Mellitus 1,055 31 2. Homicide 14,765 266
3. Stroke 1,043 33 3. Motor Vehicle Crash 14,618 266
4. Alzheimer's Disease 875 31 4. Liver Disease/ Cirrhosis 12,992 272
5. Liver Disease/ Cirrhosis 793 19 5. Drug Overdose (Unintentional) 10,230 197
6. Pneumonia/ Influenza 485 16 6. Suicide 10,159 185
7. COPD 471 16 7. Diabetes Mellitus 8,970 190
8. Renal failure 433 13 8. Stroke 6,930 147
9. Lung Cancer 424 14 9. Colorectal Cancer 4,428 95
10. Motor Vehicle Crash 412 9 10. Breast Cancer 4,284 90

NATIVE HAWAIIAN & OTHER PACIFIC ISLANDERS (2014-2017(5))

Leading Causes of Death Leading Causes of Premature* Death
Rank & Cause # of Deaths AAMR(1) Rank & Cause YPLL(2) YPLL AAR(3)
1. Coronary Heart Disease 152 N/A(4) 1. Coronary Heart Disease 1,424 N/A(4)
2. Diabetes Mellitus 52 N/A(4) 2. Certain conditions originating in the perinatal period 750 N/A(4)
3. Lung Cancer 41 N/A(4) 3. Homicide 667 N/A(4)
4. Stroke 37 N/A(4) 4. Diabetes Mellitus 480 N/A(4)
5. Breast Cancer 25 N/A(4) 5. Breast Cancer 370 N/A(4)
5. Colorectal Cancer 25 N/A(4) 6. Lung Cancer 346 N/A(4)
7. Alzheimer's Disease 23 N/A(4) 7. Colorectal Cancer 317 N/A(4)
8. COPD 21 N/A(4) 8. Motor Vehicle Crash 302 N/A(4)
9. Homicide 16 N/A(4) 9. Stroke 266 N/A(4)
10. Hypertensive heart Disease 14 N/A(4) 10. Suicide 264 N/A(4)

WHITE

Leading Causes of Death Leading Causes of Premature* Death
Rank & Cause # of Deaths AAMR(1) Rank & Cause YPLL(2) YPLL AAR(3)
1. Coronary Heart Disease 5,497 117 1. Coronary Heart Disease 19,804 474
2. Alzheimer's Disease 2,458 48 2. Drug Overdose (Unintentional) 12,692 454
3. COPD 1,781 38 3. Suicide 10,429 366
4. Stroke 1,560 33 4. Liver Disease/ Cirrhosis 5,903 166
5. Lung Cancer 1,292 29 5. Lung Cancer 5,889 133
6. Pneumonia/ Influenza 874 18 6. Motor Vehicle Crash 5,708 216
7. Diabetes Mellitus 766 17 7. Diabetes Mellitus 4,554 122
8. Colorectal Cancer 622 14 8. Stroke 3,716 101
9. Hypertension 568 12 9. COPD 3,667 81
10. Hypertensive heart Disease 529 11 10. Breast Cancer 3,622 98

* Premature death is death that occurs before age 75.
1) Age-adjusted mortality rate per 100,000 using 2000 U.S. Standard Population.
2) YPLL - "Years of Potential Life Lost Before Age 75." If it is expected that everyone typically lives to at least age 75, people who die younger are considered to have died prematurely. To measure this, L.A. County Dept. of Public Health (Public Health) uses "Years of Potential Life Lost, Before Age 75." For example, someone who died at age 63 is measured as having lost 12 years of expected life, whereas, someone who died at age 80 is measured as having lost no additional years of expected life. For deaths during the year, Public Health calculated years of expected life lost for all who died before age 75. By adding up the total years of potential life lost for each cause of death, Public Health identified the leading causes of premature death.
3) Age-adjusted rate for Years of Potential Life Lost.
4) Data not available for this racial/ethnic group.
5) Because of the small number of annual deaths among persons in this racial/ethnic group, 2014 to 2017 numbers were combined.

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health