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Nevada Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates Nevada

Mortality Rates in Nevada

  • Nevada Population: 3,080,156 (32nd highest)
  • Population Density: 28.59 per square mile (40th most dense)
  • Median Age:  38.3 (32nd oldest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  24,715
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 814.5
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  77.9 years (18th lowest)
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44): 58.3 (26th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Nevada

Cause of Death Deaths Per Year Deaths Per 100,000 National


Heart Disease 6,864 198.1 7th
Cancer 5,434 149 26th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma) 1,661 47.3 14th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents) 1,437 44.1 39th
Stroke 1,284 37.9 22nd
Alzheimer’s Disease 678 26.1 42nd
Diabetes 836 23.1 19th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis 492 13.4 15th
Pneumonia + Flu 458 13.3 19th
Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) 363 10.5 11th
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome) 303 8.7 42nd
Suicide 642 19.8 11th
Drug Overdose 647 20.1 26th
Homicide 166 5.5 25th


Annual Deaths 

With an average of 814.5 annual deaths per 100,000 over the past 20 years, Nevada ranks 13th lowest among U.S. states, though Nevada’s 2019 age-adjusted rate was moderately above the national average.

Fertility Rates 

Nevada’s 58.3 fertility rate is identical to the average for the entire U.S.

Health Conditions

Nevada has the nation’s 7th highest rate of heart disease while ranking relatively low in Alzheimer’s and kidney disease rates. Which makes it a “mixed bag” as far as most of the top life insurance companies are concerned since each of these are considered significant pre-existing medical conditions when it comes to qualifying for life insurance.

If you have a pre-existing condition, consider final expense insurance as an alternative to a fully underwritten life insurance policy.


In 2020, COVID-19 accounted for 92.3 deaths per 100,000 in Nevada (17th highest in the U.S.), making COVID one of the state’s top five highest causes of death for the year. As of July, 2021, Nevada’s COVID fatality rate of 184 deaths per 100,000 is consistent with the national average.

Homicide and Firearm Deaths

Nevada’s annual average of 15.3 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 is 15th highest in the United States, though Nevada’s 5.5 per 100,000 homicide rate is slightly below the national average of 5.8.


Nevada’s rate of 9.9 motor vehicle deaths per 100,000 population places it among the safest western states in which to drive. Which is great, but even though this rate is very low, man Nevada state residents will still choose to purchase an accidental death policy when they are not able to qualify for a tradition life insurance policy or as a way to supplment a traditional or no medical exam life insurance policy.


Nevada’s rate of workplace fatalities (2.8 per 100,000 workers) is among the nation’s lowest.


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, Fertility Rates by State (2019).

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

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

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

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 1, 2021).

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

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

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