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Georgia Mortality Rates

Mortality in Georgia

  • Georgia Population: 10,617,423 (8th highest)
  • Population Density: 186.26 per square mile (16th most dense)
  • Median Age:  37.3 (8th youngest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  85,202
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 809.9
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  77.2
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  58 (29th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Georgia

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


19,543 175.5 14th


17,756 151.4 22nd
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


4,749 42.1 22nd
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


4,563 42.2 44th


4,539 41.9 8th
Alzheimer’s Disease


4,221 41.9 4th


2,375 20.5 28th
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


2,023 18.1 5th


1,709 15 5th
Pneumonia + Flu


1,299 11.8 28th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


1,230 10 37th


1,585 14.6 31st
Drug Overdose


1,408 13.1 45th


849 8.1 12th

Population Statistics

Georgia has the 8th largest population among U.S. states and grew at a rate of 9.6% from 2010 through 2019. Despite having a population growth rate about 50% above the overall national rate, Georgia’s fertility rate is 22nd lowest (tied with South Carolina).

With a median age of 37.3 years, Georgia is tied with Kansas for 8th youngest state.

Georgia’s overall mortality rate of 809.9 deaths per 100,000 ranks 9th lowest among U.S. states. However, when adjusted for population age, Georgia’s mortality rate ranks 13th highest, and Georgia’s 77.2-year life expectancy is 13th Georgia’s racial inequality in premature deaths rates 4th lowest (behind Hawaii, Maine, and Rhode Island).

Georgia’s infant mortality rate of 6.98 per 1,000 live births is the country’s 8th Georgia has the 4th and 6th highest rates of low birthweight and preterm births, respectively.

Health Conditions

Georgia is among the ten states with the highest rates of several health-related causes of death—such as stroke (8th), kidney disease (5th), and septicemia (5th). Georgia’s Alzheimer’s mortality rate is also 4th Georgia’s liver disease mortality rate is 14th lowest.

For these reasons and more, we here at IBUSA will typically try to help applicants from South Carolina first qualify  for a no medical exam term life insurance  when possible, and for those that won’t be able to qualify for such a policy, fully underwritten life insurance policies and guaranteed issue life insurance policies may still be an option.

Accidental Death

Georgia’s rate of accidental deaths is the nation’s 7th Georgia has the 6th lowest rate of deaths due to falls and 9th lowest rate of deaths due to accidental poisoning. Georgia also has the nation’s 6th lowest rate of drug overdose deaths.  And while statistically speaking, this isn’t all that bad, here at IBUSA, we’ll still typically recommend that all of our clients still at least 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.

Lifestyle Choices

Georgia’s percentage of adult smokers is in the middle of the pack—25th highest at 16.1%. Georgia’s adult obesity rate of 33.1% is likewise toward the middle, at 23rd


Through August, 2021, Georgia’s COVID-19 mortality rate of 198 deaths per 100,000 is about 5% above the overall national rate and 18th highest among U.S. states.

Homicide, Suicide and Firearms

At 8.1 per 100,000, Georgia’s homicide rate ties Illinois for 12th Georgia’s suicide rate is 20th lowest, and Georgia ranks 14th highest for all firearm-related mortalities.


Georgia is the second safest state in the Southeast for motorists. In the region, only Virginia has a lower vehicle mortality rate than Georgia’s 14.5 deaths per 100,000.

Statistical Anomaly

With just 2.3 divorces per 1,000, Georgia’s divorce rate is tied with several states for 4th lowest (behind Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas).


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, State & Territorial Data (2018 – 2019).

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

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

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).

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

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).

New York Times, Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count (Aug. 12, 2021).

Natl. Safety Council, Motor-Vehicle Deaths by State (2019).

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