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Indiana Mortality Rates

Mortality in Indiana

  • Indiana Population: 6,732,219 (17th highest)
  • Population Density: 188.56 per square mile (15th most dense)
  • Median Age: 38 (15th youngest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  65,693
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 981.7
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  76.8
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  61.7 (16th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Indiana

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


14,555 178.8 13th


13,515 163.4 9th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


4,644 56.1 6th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


3,876 56 23rd


3,361 41.4 12th
Alzheimer’s Disease


2,561 31.6 28th


2,045 25 12th
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


1,388 17.1 6th


1,154 14.3 6th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


940 12 23rd
Pneumonia + Flu


933 11.6 30th


972 14.2 36th
Drug Overdose


1,699 26.6 18th


466 7.2 17th

Population Statistics

Indiana’s mortality rate of 981.7 deaths per 100,000 population is the nation’s 15th Adjusted for median age, Indiana’s mortality rate is 10th highest.

Indiana’s average life expectancy of 76.8 years ties Ohio for 11th Indiana has the 9th lowest average life expectancy for females—tying Ohio, Missouri, and South Carolina at 79.3 years.

Health Conditions

Indiana has the nation’s 6th highest rate of death due to chronic respiratory illnesses. Indiana ranks 5th worst for air quality, and Indiana adults have the 4th highest smoking rate (behind West Virginia, Kentucky, and Arkansas). Indiana also has the 6th highest death rate for kidney disease and septicemia (blood poisoning illnesses).

For these reasons and more, we here at IBUSA will typically try to help applicants from Indiana 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.

Homicides, Suicides and Firearms

With 7.2 homicides per 100,000, Indiana has the nation’s 17th highest homicide rate. Two Indiana cities—Indianapolis and South Bend—have murder rates in the top 50 for U.S. cities (23rd and 47th, respectively). Indiana is 15th lowest for suicide and 20th highest for all firearm related deaths.


Indiana’s COVID-19 death rate for 2020 was 14th highest among U.S. states, at 100.4 deaths per 100,000. Through August, 2021, Indiana’s COVID mortality rate is 15th highest, at 213 per 100,000.

Random Facts

Indiana is one of the nation’s best states for housing—ranking 2nd lowest in crowded housing (behind West Virginia) and 7th lowest for severe housing problems. According to the United Health Foundation, overcrowding can contribute to spread of disease, negatively impact health, and contribute to psychological distress.


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).

CDC, Natl. Center for Health Statistics, Life Expectancy at Birth by State (2018).

CDC, Division of Vital Statistics, National Vital Statistics Report (2018).

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

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

Fieldstadt, Elisha. Murder Map: Deadliest U.S. Cities (CBSNews.com, April 19, 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 (Aug. 26, 2021).

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

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

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