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Wyoming Mortality Rates

Mortality Rates in Wyoming

Mortality Rates in Wyoming

  • Wyoming Population: 578,559 (50th highest)
  • Population Density: 6 per square mile (49th most dense)
  • Median Age:  38.7 (27th oldest)
  • Deaths Per Year:  5,070 per year
  • Annual Deaths Per 100,000: 877.6 (28th highest)
  • Life Expectancy at Birth:  78.1 years old (29th longest)
  • Fertility Rate (births per 1,000 women age 15-44):  60.8 (20th highest rate)

Leading Causes of Death in Wyoming

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


1,067 150.4 33rd


1,016 138.9 40th
Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma)


381 51.7 9th
Accidents (includes vehicle accidents)


384 63.1 8th
Alzheimer’s Disease


238 34.4 19th


221 31.7 38th


170 29.3 1st
Liver Disease / Cirrhosis


141 22.4 2nd


132 18.4 40th
Pneumonia + Flu


99 14.6 11th
Drug Overdose


79 14.1 43rd
Kidney Disease (nephritis, nephrosis, nephrotic syndrome)




8.3 43rd


38 5.4 45th


25 4.4 29th

Population Statistics

Wyoming has the lowest population in the U.S. and is the 2nd least densely populated state (behind only Alaska).

Health Conditions

Wyoming is among the states with the lowest rates of death from cancer, diabetes, kidney disease, and septicemia (blood-poisoning illnesses). However, Wyoming ranks among the highest in liver disease and respiratory illnesses.  For these reasons, most life insurance companies will often look at those living in Wyoming as a bit of a “mixed” bag.

Homicide and Firearms

Wyoming’s homicide rate of 4.4 per 100,000 population is about 30% below the national average, but Wyoming’s firearm fatality rate is 3rd highest at 22.3 (behind only Alaska and Mississippi).


Wyoming’s suicide rate is highest among U.S. states, and suicide is the 7th leading cause of death in Wyoming. Men account for nearly 75% of suicides in Wyoming.

Drug overdose deaths in Wyoming are well below the national average and rate 11th lowest among U.S. states.

In cases where individuals have a history of suicide attempts or significant drug use, many applicants may find that they won’t be able to immediately qualify for a traditional or no medical exam life insurance policy.

In situations like these some applicants may be forced to consider a guaranteed issue life insurance policy or an accidental death policy instead.

Lifestyle Risks

Adults in Wyoming have the nation’s 14th and 16th lowest rates of obesity and smoking, respectively.


Though Wyoming’s rates of deaths due to respiratory illnesses and pneumonia are well above the national average, Wyoming has the nation’s 13th lowest rate of COVID-19 deaths as of July, 2021.


With a workplace fatality rate of 12.00 per 100,000 workers, Wyoming is the second most dangerous state in which to work (behind only Alaska).


Wyoming’s rate of 19.4 motor vehicle deaths per 100,000 population is 4th highest in the U.S. (below Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina).


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).

United Health Foundation, America’s Health Ranking: Suicide in Wyoming (2020).

New York Times, Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count (July 16, 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).

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

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

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