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Child and teen death rate in United States

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Why This Indicator Matters

The child and teen 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. Accidents, primarily those involving motor vehicles, are the leading cause of death for children and youth.

This indicator is included in the KIDS COUNT Child Well-Being Index. Read the KIDS COUNT Data Book to learn more:
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Definition and Source



Deaths to children and teens ages 1 to 19, from all causes, per 100,000 population in this age range.
The data are reported by the place of residence, not the place where the death occurred. Rates for cities are not available due to the absence of population estimates of children and teens ages 1 to 19. The number of deaths, however, is included.

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics microdata files and U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Population and Housing Unit Estimates.


S - Estimates suppressed when NCHS reporting standards not met.

N.A. - Data not available.

Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts. Cities for which data are collected may change over time.

Last Updated

April 2024