Distribution of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States in 2016

Leading causes of death in the United States 2016 This statistic shows the distribution of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States in 2016. In that year, the most significant cause of death were diseases of the heart which were responsible for 23.1 percent of all deaths in the United States.
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Cause of deathPercentage of all death causes
Heart disease23.1%
Malignant neoplasms21.8%
Accidents (unintentional injuries)5.9%
Chronic lower respiratory
diseases
5.6%
Cerebrovascular diseases5.2%
Alzheimer’s disease4.2%
Diabetes mellitus2.9%
Influenza and pneumonia1.9%
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome
and nephrosis
1.8%
Intentional self-harm (suicide)1.6%
Other25.9%
Cause of deathPercentage of all death causes
Heart disease23.1%
Malignant neoplasms21.8%
Accidents (unintentional injuries)5.9%
Chronic lower respiratory
diseases
5.6%
Cerebrovascular diseases5.2%
Alzheimer’s disease4.2%
Diabetes mellitus2.9%
Influenza and pneumonia1.9%
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome
and nephrosis
1.8%
Intentional self-harm (suicide)1.6%
Other25.9%
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This statistic shows the distribution of the 10 leading causes of death in the United States in 2016. In that year, the most significant cause of death were diseases of the heart which were responsible for 23.1 percent of all deaths in the United States.
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Release date
December 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
Cause of death [based on International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD–10).
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