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Volume 2 - Leading Causes of Death

Vital Statistics

1999 North Carolina Vital Statistics, Volume 2

Each year the State Center for Health Statistics produces the publication Leading Causes of Death, describing North Carolina's mortality experience in terms of the underlying (or primary) cause of death. The tables in this report provide basic mortality statistics for counties and the state.

Causes of death from the 1979 to 1998 North Carolina death certificates were coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9). However, beginning in 1999 the causes of death were coded using the tenth revision of this coding system, ICD-10. The change to ICD-10 has led to substantial changes in the content and structure of this publication. For more information, please read the introduction (PDF, 289 KB).

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To view data for North Carolina, select the cause of death you wish to view from the pull-down box below.

Other Resources

  • Technical Notes (PDF, 355 KB): an explanation of the computation and interpretation of cause-specific death rates and a caution about the use of rates
  • Appendix A (PDF, 60 KB): List of Selected Causes of Death
  • Age-Adjusted Death Rates* (PDF, 521 KB): a technical publication on statistical methodology


Caution: Many of the death rates presented on this site are based on small numbers and should be interpreted with caution. See "Caution About the Use of Rates*" in Technical Notes.

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*Death rates with a small number of deaths in the numerator should be interpreted with caution. See Technical Notes.
Note: Death rates in this table are per 100,000 population.