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Arizona Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Arizona

Mortality Rates in Arizona

  • Arizona Population: 7,278,717 (14th highest)
  • Population Density: 65.33 per square mile (31st most dense)
  • Median Age: 38.5 (19th youngest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  59,282 per year
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 826.6
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  78.7
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  56.7 (14th lowest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Arizona

Cause of Death Deaths Per Year Deaths Per 100,000 National Rank
Heart Disease


12,587 134 44th


12,503 131.1 27th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


4,558 58.7 17th


Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


3,685 38.1 29th
Alzheimer’s Disease


3,047 32.3 26th


2,851 30.2 43rd


2,173 23.4 18th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


1,217 14.5 9th
Hypertension (high blood pressure)


1,010 10.7 10th
Pneumonia + Flu (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


955 10.3 42nd
Kidney Disease


760 8.1 45th


1,419 18.7 13th
Drug Overdose


1,907 26.8 17th


414 5.9 23rd

Population Statistics

Between 2010 and 2019, Arizona’s population increased by 13.9%, making Arizona the nation’s 7th fastest growing state—despite Arizona’s fertility rate being 14th

Arizona’s annual rate of deaths per 100,000 population is 13th lowest among U.S. states. Adjusted for age, Arizona’s rate is 10th

The average life expectancy at birth for Arizonans is even with the overall U.S. rate. Male life expectancy in Arizona is a little below the national average, and female life expectancy is a little higher.

Health Conditions

Arizona is among the states with the ten lowest rates of death due to heart disease, stroke, septicemia, and kidney disease.  This is likely to be the reason why we here at IBUSA seem to find a lot of applicants applying from Arizona are able to qualify for a no medical exam life insurance policy vs a traditional term life insurance policy which will require one to provide a blood and urine sample before being approved for coverage.

Arizona has the nation’s 9th and 10th highest rates of liver disease and hypertension-related deaths, respectively.


With 251 deaths per 100,000 population, Arizona has the nation’s 6th highest rate of COVID-19 deaths through August, 2021.

Life Style Choices

Arizona’s rates of smoking and obesity among adults are 11th and 19th lowest in the country, respectively.


With 2.7 deaths per 100,000 workers, Arizona rates as the 2nd safest state for workers in the Southwest (behind only California).

Firearms and Homicide

Arizona has a firearm injury mortality rate of 15.1 per 100,000—16th highest in the U.S. Arizona’s homicide rate is even with the overall national rate.

Suicide and Violent Crimes

Arizona has the nation’s 13th highest suicide rate.

In 2020, Arizona’s violent-crime rate per 100,000 was the nation’s 10th


U.S. Dept of Ag., Economic Research Service, https://data.ers.usda.gov/reports.aspx?ID=17827 (citing U.S. Census Bureau, 2019).

Statista, Population Density in the U.S. by Federal States Including District of Columbia in 2020 (2020).

StatsAmerica (Ind. Bus. Research Center), Median Age in 2019.

CDC, Natl. Center for Health Statistics, Fertility Rates by State (2019).

CDC, Natl. Center for Health Statistics, Stats of the States (2021).

CDC, Natl. Center for Health Statistics, State & Territorial Data (2018 – 2019).

Kaiser Family Foundation, Number of Deaths per 100,000 Population (2019).

CDC, Natl. Center for Health Statistics, Life Expectancy at Birth by State (2018).

CDC, Division of Vital Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report (2018).

New York Times, Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count (Aug. 2, 2021).

CDC, State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System, Map of Current Cigarette Use Among Adults (2018).

Statista, Percentage of Adults with Obesity in the United States as of 2019 (2019).

Natl. Safety Council, Work Deaths by State (2019).

Null, CCM., Jan, Heatstroke Deaths of Children in Vehicles, (San Jose State Univ., Dept. of Meteorology & Climate Science, 2020).

United Health Foundation, America’s Health Rankings, 2020 Annual Report: Arizona.

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