Mortality Rates in Connecticut
- Connecticut Population: 3,565,287 (29th highest)
- Population Density: 734.92 per square mile (3rd most dense)
- Median Age: 41.2 (7th oldest)
- Deaths Per Year: 31,230
- Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 874.1
- Life Expectancy at Birth: 80.4
- Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44): 51.1 (7th lowest rate)
Leading Causes of Death in Connecticut
|Cause of Death||Deaths Per Year||Deaths Per 100,000||National Rank|
|Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)
|Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)
|Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)
|Pneumonia + Flu
|Liver Disease / Cirrhosis
Connecticut’s population decreased by 0.2% between 2010 and 2019, making Connecticut one of only 4 states (along with West Virginia, Illinois, and Vermont) to decrease in population during that period.
At 51.1 births per 1,000 women of child-bearing age, Connecticut’s fertility rate is 7th lowest among U.S. states.
With a median age of 41.2 years, Connecticut ranks as the 7th oldest state. Connecticut’s overall mortality rate of 874.1 per 100,000 is slightly above the overall national rate. However, adjusted for population age, Connecticut’s mortality rate is the nation’s 5th lowest (behind Hawaii, California, New York, and Colorado).
Connecticut has the nation’s 5th longest life expectancy at birth, at 80.4 years. Connecticut’s life expectancy for females is 3rd highest in the U.S.
Connecticut is among the 5 states with the lowest rates of death due to stroke (2nd), diabetes (3rd), and Alzheimer’s (4th). Connecticut’s rate of septicemia (blood poisoning illnesses) deaths is 13th
For these reasons and more, we here at IBUSA will typically try to help applicants from Connecticut first qualify for life insurance without an exam if eligible.
If that type of coverage is not available, fully underwritten coverage from a top life insurance company may be the better route.
Finally, for those who are having a difficult time finding coverage, final expense burial insurance is the next option to consider.
At 12.2%, Connecticut’s smoking rate among adults is the nation’s 4th lowest, and Connecticut also has the 4th lowest rate of deaths due to chronic respiratory illnesses.
Drug Overdose, Suicide, and Firearms
Connecticut has the nation’s 9th lowest rate of suicides but 6th highest rate of drug overdose deaths. Connecticut’s homicide rate is 12th lowest, and the state’s overall rate of firearm-related mortality is 6th
For 2020, Connecticut’s COVID-19 mortality rate was 112.9 deaths per 100,000 population—7th highest in the nation and only about 14% below the state’s cancer mortality rate. Through August, 2021, Connecticut’s COVID death rate is 233 per 100,000—which is 9th highest in the nation.
Connecticut’s rate of accidental deaths is about 20% above the overall rate nationally. Connecticut has the nation’s highest rate of deaths due to accidental choking, with 3.3 choking deaths per 100,000 population.
Connecticut’s rate of deaths due to accidental poisoning—at 33.2 deaths per 100,000—is also well-above the national rate. Only Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, and West Virginia have higher poisoning mortality rates. Additionally, Connecticut ranks 5th worst among the states for residential lead risk.
For this reason alone well often recommend that our clients at least consider purchasing an additional accidental death policy as a way to supplement any traditional life insurance coverage they may already have.
With just 1.4 occupations deaths per 100,000 workers, Connecticut ranks just ahead of New Hampshire as the nation’s safest state in which to work.
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CDC, Natl. Center for Health Statistics, Fertility Rates by State (2019).
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