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Idaho Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Idaho

Mortality Rates in Idaho

  • Idaho Population: 1,787,065 (38th highest)
  • Population Density: 22.11 per square mile (43rd most dense)
  • Median Age:  37.2 (7th youngest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  14,261
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 813
  • Life Expectancy at Birth: 79
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44): 64 (6th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Idaho

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


3,061 150.7 32nd


2,928 138.1 41st
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


948 51.2 30th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


993 47.5 13th


683 34 31st
Alzheimer’s Disease


650 33.2 24th


422 20.2 33rd
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


249 12.1 22nd
Pneumonia + Flu


231 11.4 32nd
Parkinson’s Disease 220 10.9 3rd


Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


190 9.4 40th


365 20.4 10th
Drug Overdose


265 15.1 36th


27 1.7 49th


Population Statistics

Idaho had the 6th highest rate of population growth among U.S. states from 2010 through 2019 and also has the nation’s 6th highest fertility rate.

Life Expectancy

Idaho’s average life expectancy and overall rate of deaths per 100,000 approximate the national averages for both categories.  Which makes it pretty much a “non-factor” when it comes to how most life insurance companies will consider an applicant applying from the state of Idaho.

Homicide and Suicide

Idaho has the nation’s 2nd lowest homicide rate (behind Vermont). Idaho’s suicide rate is 10th

Health Conditions

Idaho has one of the nation’s highest annual rates of death due to Parkinson’s Disease and had the highest rate in 2017.

Idaho is among the ten states with the lowest rates of death from cancer and septicemia (blood poisoning illnesses).  For this reason, many life insurance applicants may find it possible to qualify for a no medical exam life insurance policy which will make getting fully insured much easier and faster for those that can qualify.

Idaho’s rates of smoking and obesity are 16th and 14th lowest among U.S. states, respectively.


Idaho’s overall death rate due to COVID-19 through July, 2021, is 122, which is 9th lowest and one-third less than the national average.


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).

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 23, 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).

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