Why this is important: Tracking death rates may identify groups that are at an increased risk for premature death. The leading cause of death for infants is perinatal conditions that make survival difficult, such as preterm birth or congenital defects. Children and young adults are more likely to die from intentional or unintentional injury. Leading causes of death among older adults are more likely to be related to physical health conditions.
Definition: Rate of deaths per 100,000 individuals.
Data Source: Washington State Department of Health, Center for Health Statistics, Death Certificates. Calculations and presentation of data by Spokane Regional Health District, Data Center. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Compressed Mortality File on CDC WONDER Online Database.