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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 between ages 1 and 19, from all causes, per 100,000 children in this age range.

The data are reported by the place of residence, not the place where the death occurred.

Data Source

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Population Reference Bureau, analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, Multiple Causes of Death Microdata Files for 2005-2022.

Population Statistics: U.S. Census Bureau
2005-2022 data: State Characteristics Population Estimates File, accessed online.


S – NCHS reporting standards not met.
N.A. – Data not available.

Last Updated

April 2024