Years Available
1900 to present; not all states participated prior to 1933.
Mode of Collection
Census: records of all deaths registered in the United States.
Vital statistics mortality data are a fundamental source of demographic, geographic, and cause-of-death information. This is one of the few sources of comparable health-related data for small geographic areas over an extended time period. The data are used to present characteristics of those dying in the United States, to determine life expectancy, and to compare mortality trends with those in other countries.
Population Covered
The U.S. population. Death data for the entire United States refer to events occurring within the United States; data for geographic areas are by place of residence.