Mortality From 15 Leading Causes of Death: United States, 2002 (Final) and 2003 (Preliminary)

Causes of Death and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision CodesRanka20032002
All causes2 443 930c100.0831.22 443 387100.0845.3
Diseases of heart (I00–I09, I11, I13, I20–I51)1684 46228.0232.1696 94728.5240.8
Malignant neoplasms (C00–C97)2554 64322.7189.3557 27122.8193.5
Cerebrovascular diseases (I60–I69)3157 8036.553.6162 6726.756.2
Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40–J47)4126 1285.243.2124 8165.143.5
Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01–X59, Y85–Y86)d5105 6954.336.1106 7424.436.9
Diabetes mellitus (E10–E14)673 9653.025.273 2493.025.4
Influenza and pneumonia (J10–J18)764 8472.721.965 6812.722.6
Alzheimer's disease (G30)863 3432.621.458 8662.420.2
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (N00–N07, N17–N19, N25–27)942 5361.714.540 9741.714.2
Septicemia (A40–A41)1034 2431.411.733 8651.411.7
Intentional self-harm (suicide) (*U03, X60–X84, Y87.0)d1130 6421.310.531 6551.310.9
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (K70, K73–K74)1227 2011.19.227 2571.19.4
Essential (primary) hypertension and hypertensive rental disease (I10, I12)1321 8410.97.420 2610.87.0
Parkinson's disease (G20–G21)1417 8980.76.116 9590.75.9
Pneumonitis caused by solids and liquids (J69)1517 4570.75.917 5930.76.1
  • Source: National Center for Health Statistics. Technical appendix. In: Vital Statistics of the United States, 1999. Vol 2. Mortality, part A. Available at:

  • a Rank is based on 2003 data. Ranking is shown for 15 leading causes. For an explanation of ranking procedures, see Technical Appendix in Vital Statistics of the United States, Vol. II. Mortality Part A (published annually).

  • b Age-adjusted death rate per100000 US standard population.

  • c Two separate sets of weights were applied to mortality records: one for demographic and one for cause-of-death data, resulting in slight inconsistencies in the number of deaths between Tables 1 and 7.

  • d Because of additional time needed to complete investigations, death rates for some causes tend to be understated in the preliminary data.