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Youth death rate ages 15 to 19, detailed in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

The youth death rate reflects a broad array of factors: physical and mental health; access to health care; community factors; use of safety practices and the level of adult supervision. Reducing the mortality rate among youth ages 15-19 means reducing accidents, including car accidents and other types of accidents, as well as suicides.

What the data shows
On a statewide level, the trend for deaths of youth ages 15 -19 has been generally declining since 2002. It was 6.4 per 10,000 teens age 15 -19 in 1998-2002 compared to 4.6 for 2017-2021. However, the rates have not been declining since 2014. There were 180 total teen deaths in latest 5-year period.

Based on the rate of deaths per 10,000 youth ages 15 -19, Maine ranked 9th nationally in 2021. Maine was ranked second to last of New England states.  Kids Count Teen Death Rates By State

On a county level, for the latest five-year period, 2017-2021, Washington County had the highest rate at 10.3 followed by Oxford County at 8.6 and Lincoln County at 7.4 per 10,000 youth ages 15-19.The counties with the lowest rates were: Sagadahoc, (no teen deaths) and Cumberland 3.1 youths per 10,000 youth ages 15 -19. In addition, there were 4 counties where the rate was suppressed due to low numbers (LNE).

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Definition and Source



The rate of deaths from all causes to youth ages 15-19. The rate is per 10,000 youth ages 15-19. The data are reported by the youth's place of residence, not the place of death. The 5-year average means that the year shown represents the last year of a five-year period, so 2021 is for the years 2017-2021.


LNE (Low number event): Data has been suppressed to preserve confidentiality. Maine CDC does this for both rates and numbers when there are fewer than 6 events at a sub-state, such as county, level.

Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2021 represents the average of data from 2017-2021, while 2019 represents the average of data from 2015-2019, etc. Rates are per 10,000 youth ages 15-19.

Last Updated

March 2022