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Florida Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Florida

Mortality Rates in Florida

  • Florida Population: 211,477,737 (3rd highest)
  • Population Density: 405.5 per square mile (7th most dense)
  • Median Age:  42.7 years old (5th oldest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  205,426
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 964.5
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  78.9 (22nd highest)
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44): 56.6 (13th lowest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Florida

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


47,144 140.1 42nd


45,583 139.1 39th
Stroke 13,902 40.4 14th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


13,348 55.6 24th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


12,014 35 37th
Alzheimer’s Disease


6,539 18.3 46th


6,174 39.3 39th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


3,192 11.1 28th
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


3,244 9.8 38th
Pneumonia + Flu


2,705 8.2 46th


2,518 7.8 31st


3,465 14.5 32nd
Drug Overdose


5,268 25.5 19th


1,334 6.7 16th

Population Statistics

Despite a fertility rate below the national average, Florida had the nation’s 4th highest rate of population growth between 2010 and 2019 (behind only Utah, Texas, and Colorado).

Florida is the nation’s 5th oldest state, and its population density is 7th All six more densely populated states are in the Northeast.  For this reason, we have seen a rise in applications for smaller final expense insurance policies in this state.

Floridians’ life expectancy at birth of 78.9 is 22nd highest in the nation. At 81.6 years, Florida’s average life expectancy for females is 14th

Health Conditions

Florida ranks below the national average in nearly every health-related cause of death but stroke, with particularly low age-adjusted rates of heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and pneumonia-related deaths.  Which helps when considering a traditional term life insurance policy.


Florida’s COVID-19 death rate per 100,000 for 2020 was 58—the nation’s 12th The overall rate of 178 is 25th lowest and about 3% below the national average.

Lifestyle Risks

Florida has the nation’s 7th and 14th lowest rates of obesity and smoking, respectively.


With an annual average of 3.2 deaths per 100,000 workers, Florida ranks among the safer states in which to work. However, only Texas has more total workplace deaths due to exposure to harmful substances.


Florida has by far the most unprovoked shark attacks of any state, and Florida’s annual average of between 20 and 30 typically accounts for half the national total. However, there were only 10 unprovoked shark-attack fatalities worldwide in 2020, and Florida has not recorded an unprovoked shark attack resulting in death in over ten years.


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 2020.

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

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

Arias, Phd, Elizabeth and Brigham Bastian, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Natl. Vital Stats. System, U.S. State Life Tables (2018).

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

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 (July 15, 2021).

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

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

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

Naylor, Gavin and Tyler Bowling, Yearly Worldwide Shark Attack Summary (Univ. of Fla. Museum of Natural History, 2020).

Fla. Museum of Natural History, International Shark Attack File, USA Locations with Highest Attack Rates (Jan., 2021).

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