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Texas Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Texas

Mortality Rates in Texas

  • Texas Population: 28,995,881 (2nd highest)
  • Population Density: 39.54 per square mile (38th most dense)
  • Median Age: 35 (2nd youngest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  202,111
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 704.5
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  78.4 (27th highest)
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  62.5 (15th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Texas

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


46,139 163.4 20th


41,489 141.4 35th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


11,384 39.7 46th


10,807 39 18th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


10,797 38.6 27th
Alzheimer’s Disease


10,101 38.6 10th


6,889 23.6 16th
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


4,165 14.7 17th
Septicemia (blood-poisoning illnesses)


3,058 10.7 19th
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


4,359 14.3 11th
Pneumonia + Flu


3,158 11.3 33rd


3,891 13.4 38th
Drug Overdose


3,136 10.8 48th


1,694 5.9 21st

Population Statistics

The population of Texas grew at a rate of 15.3% between 2010 and 2019, making Texas the 2nd fastest growing state (behind only Utah). With a median age of 35, Texas is the nation’s 2nd youngest state (also behind Utah).

Texas has the 15th highest fertility rate, 9th highest teen birth rate, and 4th highest Cesarean delivery rate among U.S. states.

Drug and Addiction Statistics

With an age-adjusted rate of 10.8 per 100,000, Texas has the nation’s 3rd lowest rate of drug overdose deaths. At 14.3 per 100,000, Texas’ rate of liver disease deaths is 11th

Life insurance applicants with a histroy or drug abuse may be eligible for a traditional term life insurance policy once they have remained sober for a period of time however applicants new in sobriety will likely need to apply for a guaranteed issue life insurance policy or an accidental death policy if they would like to obtain some coverage immediately.

Firearms and Crime

Texas has the nation’s 5th lowest rate of accidental deaths and 25th lowest firearm death rate. The state’s homicide rate of 5.9 per 100,000 is consistent with the national average.


In 2020, Texas had 112.9 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 population—8th highest among U.S. states. Through July, 2021, though, Texas’ rate of 182 is below the national average.

Lifestyle Risks

Texas has the nation’s 12th lowest rate of adult smokers and 20th highest rate of adult obesity.


Along with Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia, Texas ranks in the top four U.S. states in venomous snakebites per year. However, on average only one or two Texans die of snakebite annually—significantly lower than the state’s yearly fatalities from lightning strikes.


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, Fertility Rates by State (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 1, 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).

Bauerlein, Valerie, Snakebites Hit Record Highs in Southern States as Suburbs Expand. Wall Street Journal (Aug. 5, 2019).

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept., Snake Bite Statistics (citing Tex. Dept. of State Health Services).

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