Mortality Rates in Vermont
- Vermont Population: 623,989 (2nd lowest)
- Population Density: 217.52 per square mile (14th most dense)
- Median Age: 43.0 (3rd oldest)
- Deaths Per Year: 6,027
- Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 962.3
- Life Expectancy at Birth: 79.3
- Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44): 46.8 (50th highest rate)
Leading Causes of Death in Vermont
|Cause of Death||Deaths Per Year||Deaths Per 100,000||National Rank|
|Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)
|Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)
|Liver Disease / Cirrhosis
|Pneumonia + Flu
Vermont has the 2nd lowest population among U.S. states (behind only Wyoming) but is the 14th most densely populated state. Vermont has the nation’s lowest fertility rate, and—between 2010 and 2019—Vermont lost 0.3% of its population. Vermont’s rate of racial and ethnic diversity is the nation’s 2nd lowest (behind Maine).
With a median age of 43.0, Vermont ranks as the nation’s 3rd oldest state (behind Maine and New Hampshire and tied with West Virginia).
Vermont’s annual rate of mortality per 100,000 population is 17th highest in the U.S. and nearly 100 deaths higher than the overall national rate of 869.7. When adjusted for age, though, Vermont’s overall mortality rate is 11th
Vermont is among the states with the lowest rates of multiple health-related causes of death—including liver disease (9th lowest), stroke (7th), blood poisoning illnesses (4th), and diabetes (2nd behind only Massachusetts). With just 3.6 deaths per 100,000, Vermont has the nation’s lowest rate of kidney disease deaths. However, Vermont has the nation’s 4th highest rate of death due to high blood pressure (tied with West Virginia, behind only Mississippi, California, and North Dakota).
All of which has led us to find here at IBUSA that many residents of Vermont 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 underwriten life insurance policies and guaranteed issue life insurance policies may still be an option.
Homicide and Suicide
Vermont consistently has the fewest annual homicides of any U.S. state. In most years, Vermont’s homicide rate per 100,000 population is effectively zero. Vermont’s suicide rate is about 15% above the overall national rate.
At 16.2 per 100,000, Vermont’s COVID-19 death rate for 2020 was the nation’s lowest. Through August, 2021, Vermont’s COVID death rate was 2nd lowest (behind Hawaii).
With 3.2 occupational deaths per 100,000 workers, Vermont ranks as the most dangerous state for worker in the Northeast.
At 26.3 deaths per 100,000 population, Vermont’s rate of death due to accidental fall is the nation’s 3rd highest (behind only Wisconsin and Maine). For this reason, we’ll commonly recommend that many of our clients consider purchasing an accidental death policy if they don’t have enough traditional life insurance coverage in place.
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