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Michigan Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Michigan

Mortality Rates in Michigan

  • Michigan Population: 9,986,857 (10th highest)
  • Population Density: 176.31 per square mile (17th most dense)
  • Median Age:  40.1 (12th oldest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  98,903
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 989.4
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  77.7
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  57.4 (34th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Michigan

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


25,547 193.8 10th


20,923 157.1 13th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


5,792 43.4 20th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


5,422 50 31st


5,178 39.3 17th
Alzheimer’s Disease


4,467 33.9 21st


2,916 22.2 23rd
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


1,853 14.2 18th
Pneumonia + Flu


1,662 12.8 24th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


1,437 11.8 24th


1,178 9 25th


1,472 14.3 35th
Drug Overdose


2,385 24.4 20th


612 6.5 18th

Population Statistics

Michigan has the 10th largest population among U.S. states. In 1990, Michigan was 8th largest, but its population only grew at a rate of about 1% from 1990 through 2019 and was surpassed by North Carolina and Georgia—which both grew at around 10%.

With a median age of 40.1 years, Michigan is tied with South Carolina for 12th oldest state.

Michigan’s overall mortality rate of 989.4 deaths per 100,000 population is 13th highest nationally.

Michigan’s life expectancy at birth of 77.7 years is 16th

At 6.33 deaths per 1,000 live births, Michigan’s infant mortality rate is the nation’s 15th

Heath Conditions

Among U.S. states, Michigan has the 10th and 13th highest rates of heart disease and cancer—the country’s two leading causes of death.

Michigan’s rate per 100,000 is higher than the overall national rate in nearly every major health-related cause of death.

Both of these factors will play a role in determining whether one will be able to qualify for  no exam life insurance or whether or they’ll have to apply for a traditional life insurance policy.

Additionally, Michigan also has the country’s 8th highest rate of asthma sufferers. The good news is that many people with asthma can still get life insurance from some of the best companies in the U.S.

Homicide and Firearms

Michigan has the 18th highest homicide rate and 16th lowest suicide rate nationally. In all firearm-related mortalities, Michigan’s rate is 20th


Through August, 2021, Michigan’s rate of mortality due to COVID-19 is 212 per 100,000—which is 12th highest nationally and a little less than 20% above the overall U.S. rate of 185.

Lifestyle Choices

Michigan’s rates of obesity and smoking are 8th and 15th highest, respectively, among U.S. states.


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, 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).

New York Times, Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count (Aug. 4, 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).

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

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