Deaths and Death Rates for the 5 Leading Causes of Childhood Death in Specified Age Groups in 2003: United States, 2002 (Final) and 2003 (Preliminary)

Age, Causes of Death, and International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision CodesRanka20032002
Total: 1–19 y
    All causes25 216100.031.025 820100.033.5
    Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01–X59, Y85–Y86)c110 89243.213.411 49644.514.9
    Assault (homicide) (*U01–*U02, X85–Y09, Y87.1)c2251210.03.1267110.33.5
    Malignant neoplasms (C00–C97)321188.42.621978.52.9
    Intentional self-harm (suicide) (*U03, X60–X84, Y87.0)c417126.82.117776.92.3
    Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00–Q99)510984.41.411954.61.6
    Diseases of heart (I00–I09, I11, I13, I20–I51)68123.21.08253.21.1
    Influenza and pneumonia (J10–J18)73621.40.42761.10.4
    Chronic lower respiratory diseases (J40–J47)82240.90.32941.10.4
    Septicemia (A40–A41)92180.90.32230.90.3
    Cerebrovascular diseases (I60–I69)101860.70.21970.80.3
1–4 y
    All causes4911100.031.14858100.031.2
    Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01–X59, Y85–Y86)c1167934.210.6164133.810.5
    Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00–Q99)251410.53.353010.93.4
    Malignant neoplasms (C00–C97)33837.82.44028.32.6
    Assault (homicide) (*U01–*U02, X85–Y09, Y87.1)c43427.02.24238.72.7
    Diseases of heart (I00–I09, I11, I13, I20–I51)51863.81.21653.41.1
5–9 y
    All causes2882100.014.63018100.015.2
    Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01–X59, Y85–Y86)c1109137.95.5117639.05.9
    Malignant neoplasms (C00–C97)250417.52.653717.82.7
    Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00–Q99)31756.10.91996.61.0
    Assault (homicide) (*U01–*U02, X85–Y09, Y87.1)c41164.00.61404.60.7
    Diseases of heart (I00–I09, I11, I13, I20–I51)5973.40.5923.00.5
10–14 y
    All causes4048100.019.14132100.019.5
    Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01–X59, Y85–Y86)c1147136.36.9154237.37.3
    Malignant neoplasms (C00–C97)255513.72.653512.92.5
    Intentional self-harm (suicide) (*U03, X60–X84, Y87.0)c32496.21.22606.31.2
    Congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities (Q00–Q99)41964.80.92185.31.0
    Assault (homicide) (*U01–*U02, X85–Y09, Y87.1)c51944.80.92165.21.0
15–19 y
    All causes13 375100.065.313 812100.067.8
    Accidents (unintentional injuries) (V01–X59, Y85–Y86)c1665249.732.5713751.735.0
    Assault (homicide) (*U01–*U02, X85–Y09, Y87.1)c2186013.99.1189213.79.3
    Intentional self-harm (suicide) (*U03, X60–X84, Y87.0)c3145710.97.1151311.07.4
    Malignant neoplasms (C00–C97)46755.03.37235.23.5
    Diseases of heart (I00–I09, I11, I13, I20–I51)53742.81.84052.92.0
  • — indicates category not applicable. 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 5 leading causes for specified age groups. For an explanation of ranking procedures, see Technical Appendix in Vital Statistics of the United States. Vol. II. Mortality Part A (published annually).

  • b Rate per 100000 population in specified group.

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