Sunday, December 4, 2022

Ten States with the Lowest Heart Disease Death Rates

Nearly 697,000 deaths in the U.S. were attributable to heart disease in 2020.  With a death rate of 211.5 deaths per 100,000 population in 2020, heart disease was the leading cause of death in the United States that year, accounting for roughly 20.6% of all deaths in the United States.  At the state level, there was considerable disparity in the heart disease death rate.  In the ten states with the lowest incidence of heart disease-related deaths, the death rate ranged from 17% to nearly 41% below the national average.  A closer examination of data from the National Center for Health Statistics, a unit of the CDC, revealed the following statistics about the ten states with the lowest heart disease death rates in 2020:

Ten States with the Lowest Heart Disease Death Rates

State/Deaths Deaths Population Death Rate*
Idaho 3,191 1,826,913 174.7
Oregon 7,371 4,241,507 173.8
Texas 50,281 29,360,759 171.3
Massachusetts 11,781 6,893,574 170.9
California 66,538 39,368,078 169.0
Washington 12,084 7,693,612 157.1
Minnesota 8,562 5,657,342 151.3
Colorado 8,023 5,807,719 138.1
Utah 4,251 3,249,879 130.8
Alaska 915 731,158 125.1
     Total 172,997 104,830,541 165.0
U.S. 696,962 329,484,123 211.5

(*) number of heart disease deaths per 100,000 population

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on November 30, 2022

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