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Unintentional Injury Death Data Trends for Years 2000-2010   DS 13-13000

Male and Female Populations


Although unintentional injury was California’s sixth leading cause of death as a whole in 2010, it was the third leading cause of death for males, and ranked sixth for females when these groups were examined separately.

See the Technical Notes for information about leading causes of death and rankings.


Overall, the age-adjusted unintentional injury death rate was lower for females than males throughout the period.  For both males and females, variations of age-adjusted rates occurred throughout the study.  The age-adjusted death rate among females in 2010 was 17.7, which represents a 6.6 percent increase from a rate of 16.6 in 2000.  The 2010 age-adjusted death rate among males was 37.0, which denotes a 4.1 percent decrease from a rate of 38.6 in 2000.

The chart below presents 2000 through 2010 age-adjusted rates for California residents by sex.

Annual unintentional injury age-adjusted death rates are displayed in Table 3Opens a new browser window..

Unintentional Injury Age-Adjusted Death Rates by Sex, California 2000-2010

Age Distribution of Unintentional Injury Deaths by Sex 

Out of the 114,025 unintentional injury deaths from 2000 through 2010, males accounted for 66.9 percent and females represented 33.1 percent.  Both males and females experienced an increase in unintentional injury deaths in 2010 when compared to the 2000 rate.  Males demonstrated a 9.5 percentage increase while females showed a greater increase of 25.6 percent.

For unintentional injury deaths, the average age for males was 46.2, with a standard deviation of 21.7 years, and the average age for females was 54.3, with a standard deviation of 25.0 years.

Age Distribution of Unintentional Injury Deaths, by Sex, California 2000-2010 

Age-Specific Rates 

The actual risk of dying from unintentional injuries increased with age.  For those age groups that had reliable data during the study period, age-specific death rates for males and females became greater with increasing age.  Unintentional injury age-specific death rates were lower for females than males across all age categories and years. 

Females in the age groups 1 to 24 and 65 to 84 showed an age-specific rate decrease for unintentional injuries from 2000 through 2010.  However, females in the age ranges 25 to 34, 45 to 54, 55 to 64, and those 85 and older demonstrated an increase in the age-specific death rates in the same period.

Female Unintentional Injury Age-Specific Death Rates by Age, California 2000 and 2010 

Males in age ranges 55 to 64 and those 85 and older experienced an age-specific unintentional injuries death rate increase in 2010 when compared to the 2000 rate.  The 55 to 64 range demonstrated a 50.4 percent increase by 2010.

Male Unintentional Injury Age-Specific Death Rates by Age, California 2000 and 2010 

Overall, annual age-specific unintentional injury death rates by race/ethnicity group are displayed in Table 2aOpens a new browser window..

Crude Rates 

During the 2000 to 2010 period, the actual risk of dying (or crude death rate) from unintentional injuries ranged from 35.4 to 42.2 deaths for males per 100,000 and ranged from 16.5 to 20.6 deaths for females per 100,000. 

Annual rates are displayed in Table 2bOpens a new browser window. for males and Table 2cOpens a new browser window. for females under the “All Ages” column.

Read More:
At a Glance
California Total Population
Male and Female Populations
Race/Ethnicity Group Differences
Sex Differences Within Race/Ethnicity
County of Residence Populations
Tables (PDF)Opens a new browser window.
Technical Notes
Vital Statistics Query System

Helpful Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
  Injury and Violence Prevention and Control
  Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries are Preventable

California Department of Public Health, EpiCenter

National Safety Council


Last modified on: 1/26/2016 1:55 PM