Unintentional Injury Death Data Trends for Years 2000-2010 DS 13-13000
Sex Differences Within Race/Ethnicity
For each year of study, unintentional injury deaths consistently ranked third as a leading cause of death for Hispanic males, American Indian males, and Two or More Races males. The remaining sex by race/ethnicity groups showed fluctuations in ranks between the years. In 2010, unintentional injuries was the:
• Fourth leading cause for American Indian females.
• Seventh leading cause for Asian males and females.
• Fifth leading cause for Black males and seventh leading cause for Black females.
• Sixth leading cause for Hispanic females.
• Fifth leading cause for Pacific Islander males and seventh leading cause for Pacific Islander females.
• Fourth leading cause for Two or More Races females.
• Fourth leading cause for White males and sixth leading cause for White females.
See the Technical Notes for information about leading causes of death and rankings.
Age-adjusted unintentional injury death rates were higher for males than females within the same race/ethnicity. The highest age-adjusted unintentional injury rates among race/ethnicity categories occurred in American Indian males with the exception of 2004. Black males had the highest unintentional injury age-adjusted death rate in 2004. The lowest age-adjusted unintentional injury mortality rates by race/ethnicity occurred consistently in Asian females.
The chart below displays age-adjusted death rates by sex and race/ethnicity for the years 2000 through 2010.
All annual age-adjusted death rates by sex and race/ethnicity are displayed in Table 3.
Rates for Two or More Races males, Two or More Races female, Pacific Islander males and Pacific Islander females were unreliable during one or more years in the study and, therefore, their rates are not discussed.
Age Distribution of Unintentional Injury Deaths by Sex and Race/Ethnicity
The average age of death for males and females differed among race/ethnicity groups. Two or More Races males had the youngest average age of unintentional injury deaths and died on average more than 24 years earlier than White females, the longest surviving group. The average age of unintentional injury deaths by sex and race/ethnicity for 2000 through 2010 were as follows:
• American Indian: males 42.0 years, females 43.1 years.
• Asian: males 50.7 years, females 58.6 years.
• Black: males 44.1 years, females 46.8 years.
• Hispanic: males 37.3 years, females 41.4 years.
• Pacific Islander: males 39.1 years, females 37.5 years.
• Two or More Races: males 34.7 years, females 37.4 years.
• White: males 50.8 years, females 58.9 years.
The majority of unintentional injury deaths occurred to people under age 65. The distribution varied considerably among those people over the age of 65 based on race/ethnicity and sex. Specifically, the proportion of unintentional injury deaths over the age 65 reflected:
• Less than 10 percent for Two or More Races males and Hispanic males.
• From 10 percent but less than 20 for American Indian males and females, Pacific Islander males and females, Black males and females, and Two or More Races females.
• From 20 percent but less than 30 for White males and Hispanic females.
• From 30 percent but less than 40 for Asian males.
• Over 40 percent for White females and Asian females.
The charts below show the age distribution of unintentional injury deaths by sex and race/ethnicity.
The risk of dying from unintentional injuries increases with age.
Annual unintentional injury crude death rates by sex and race/ethnicity groups are also presented under the “All Ages” column in Table 2b for males and Table 2c for females.
See the Technical Notes for information about rate calculation.