Mortality Atlas

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The Florida Mortality Atlas provides a visual display of the most recent leading causes of death in Florida. Age groups are divided into roughly ten year increments to display the difference in the top five leading causes of death. Causes of death are presented for the total population as well as whites, blacks, and Hispanics. Additionally, a breakdown of each cause of death also shows the difference in age and sex. Maps are color coded to show which areas of the state have highest and lowest rates for the selected cause of death. Counties with the darkest color represent the highest age-adjusted death rates and those with the lightest color represent the lowest age-adjusted death rates.

Age-adjusted death rates remove the difference between populations due to differences in age composition. Using age-adjusted rates is a common practice that makes it possible to compare rates across populations. Age-adjusted rates are calculated using the US 2000 Standard Population.

Data for 1970-78, 1979-98, and 1999-present are not fully comparable due to changes in coding causes of death. Consequently, increases or decreases in 1979 and 1999 may not be due to changes in disease trends but rather coding changes.

The sources of data for the Florida Mortality Atlas are the Florida Department of Health’s Bureau of Vital Statistics and the Florida Legislature Office of Economic and Demographic Research.

Floridians today are expected to live 9.4 years longer (79.8 years) than they were in 1970 (70.4 years). This is documented by a decline in Florida’s age-adjusted death rate from 1,120.0 per 100,000 persons in 1970 to 679.4 per 100,000 persons in 2018.

In 2018, 205,461 Florida residents died.

Blacks have experienced the largest decline (51%) in age-adjusted death rates of all races since 1970.

The gap between age-adjusted death rates of blacks and whites has diminished, but blacks continue to experience a higher rate at 756.4 per 100,000 persons than whites at 673.1 per 100,000 persons.

The Hispanic age-adjusted death rate has been measured since 2004. The Hispanic age-adjusted death rate has decreased from 592.0 per 100,000 persons in 2004 to 518.1 per 100,000 persons in 2018.

The highest age-adjusted rates for the total, white, and black populations were located in North Florida counties. Among the Hispanic population, the highest age-adjusted rates were located in counties throughout the state.