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Colorado Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Colorado

Mortality Rates in Colorado

  • Colorado Population: 5,758,736 (21st highest)
  • Population Density: 56.04 per square mile (37th most dense)
  • Median Age:  37.3 years old (40th oldest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  38,526
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 676.4
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  80
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  53.3 (43rd highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Colorado

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


7,986 125.9 49th
Heart Disease


7,762 127.7 47th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


3,085 51.9 29th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


2,516 40.8 24th


1,990 33.7 32nd
Alzheimer’s Disease


1,909 33.4 23rd


1,046 16.4 45th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


960 14.9 8th
Pneumonia + Flu


468 7.8 47th
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


504 8.3 44th


408 6.5 38th


1,312 22.1 5th
Drug Overdose


1,079 18 30th


250 4.3 30th

Population Statistics

Colorado’s fertility rate is 8th lowest in the nation. Nonetheless, between 2010 and 2019, Colorado’s population grew at a rate of 14.5%, which was 4th highest among U.S. states.

With a median age of 37.3, Colorado is tied with Kansas and Georgia for 8th

Colorado’s annual rate of 676.4 deaths per 100,000 population is the nation’s 3rd lowest (behind Utah and Alaska). When adjusted for median age, Colorado’s rate is 4th lowest (behind Hawaii, California, and New York). Colorado’s 80-year life expectancy at birth is tied with Washington for 7th

Colorado ranks 10th lowest in rates of Cesarian delivery but 10th highest in low birthweight births. Colorado’s infant mortality rate of 47.4 is 13th

Health Conditions

Cancer is Colorado’s leading cause of death, though Colorado’s cancer rate is 2nd lowest nationally (behind only Utah). Colorado is also 4th lowest in heart disease deaths and 6th lowest in diabetes deaths. Colorado’s rate of liver disease deaths is the nation’s 8th

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Accidental Causes of Death

Colorado’s rate of accidental deaths is slightly above the national average. Colorado’s rates of accidental deaths due to choking, poisoning, and vehicle accidents are a little below the national level, but Colorado is above average in deaths due to falls.


At 22.1 per 100,000 population, Colorado’s suicide rate in 5th highest nationally, and suicide is the state’s 7th leading cause of death.

Homicide and Drug Overdose

Colorado’s homicide and drug overdose rates are below the overall national rates but just outside the 20 states with the lowest rates in both categories. Colorado’s firearm mortality rate of 14.2 per 100,000 is tied with Idaho for 18th


For 2020, Colorado’s COVID-19 death rate of 71.5 per 100,000 was the nation’s 17th Through August, 2021, Colorado’s rate drops to 10th lowest—at 124 COVID deaths per 100,000. Colorado is also consistently among the ten states with the lowest annual rates of flu and pneumonia deaths.


Colorado is the country’s least obese state.


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, Life Expectancy at Birth by State (2018).

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, Provisional Death Rates for COVID-19 (2020).

New York Times, Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count (Aug. 4, 2021).

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

Natl. Safety Council, State Overview Table: 2019 (preventable-injury-related death rates per 100,000 population by state of residence, United States, 2019).

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

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