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Utah Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Utah

Mortality Rates in Utah

  • Utah Population: 3,205,958 (30th highest)
  • Population Density: 67.63 per square mile (30th most dense)
  • Median Age: 31.5 years old (#1 youngest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  18,354
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 580.6
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  79.6
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  66.7 (4th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Utah

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


3,882 146.5 36th


3,289 117.2 50th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


1,301 45.2 36th
Alzheimer’s Disease 980 39 9th


912 34.7 30th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


843 31.1 43rd


692 25 11th
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)


355 13.5 22nd
Parkinson’s Disease


301 11.7 1st
Pneumonia + Flu


300 11.2 34th
Liver Disease


261 8.8 45th


654 21.2 6th
Drug Overdose


571 18.9 27th


82 2.6 44th

Population Statistics

Between 2010 and 2019, Utah’s population grew at a rate of 16%, making Utah the nation’s fastest growing state.

Utah also has the fourth highest fertility rate (behind the Dakotas and Alaska) and youngest median age, at 31.5 years (nearly 4 years younger than 2nd youngest Texas).

With 580.6 deaths per 100,000 population, Utah has the lowest overall rate of death among U.S. states. No other state’s rate is below 600. However, when adjusted for age, Utah’s rate drops to 13th

Health Conditions

Utah’s rate of cancer deaths is the nation’s lowest, and Utah is tied with Massachusetts for the nation’s 6th lowest rate of liver disease deaths.

Utah has the nation’s lowest rate of excessive drinking, but Utah is among the 10 states with the highest rates of non-medical use of prescription drugs.

Utah has the nation’s 8th lowest rate of death due to chronic respiratory illnesses. At 9%, Utah’s rate of smoking among adults is easily the nation’s lowest (ahead of California, at 11.2%).

Utah has the nation’s highest rate of deaths due to Parkinson’s Disease and 9th highest rate of Alzheimer’s deaths.

Which means that many residents of Utah will likely be able to qualify for a no medical exam term life insurance policy given the relative health of this states population.

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.


For 2020, Utah’s COVID-19 death rate of 49.7 per 100,000 population was 9th lowest in the nation. Utah’s rate of 78 COVID deaths per 100,000 through August, 2021, is 6th

Homicide and Suicide

Utah has the nation’s 7th lowest homicide rate and 6th highest suicide rate.


With its rate of 7.7 motor vehicle fatalities per 100,000, Utah ranks as the 6th safest state in which to drive. All 5 states ahead of Utah (Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Connecticut) are in the Northeast.


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

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

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

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. 4, 2021).

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

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

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