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Volume 2 - Leading Causes of Death

Vital Statistics

2001 North Carolina Vital Statistics, Volume 2

North Carolina Vital Statistics, Volume 2: Leading Causes of Death describes North Carolina's total and cause-specific deaths at the state and county level. More than a dozen of North Carolina's leading causes of death are depicted in tables and maps. In addition, major site-specific cancer deaths and total infant deaths are tabulated and mapped.

This edition includes the number of deaths and unadjusted death rates for 2001 and the number of deaths and unadjusted and age-adjusted death rates for 1999-2001. Beginning in 1999, causes of death were coded using the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). With three years of data now available under ICD-10, we are again publishing multi-year unadjusted and age-adjusted death rates. For more information, please read the introduction (PDF, 351 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.

  • Table A-F (PDF, 86 KB): Leading causes of death by age group, race, sex, and Hispanic Status and a mortality statistics summary for North Carolina

  • Technical Notes (PDF, 52 KB): an explanation of the computation and interpretation of cause-specific death rates and a caution about the use of rates

  • Appendix A - Appendix D (PDF, 62 KB): Comparability Ratios for the major causes of death and the Lists of Selected Causes of Death used in Tables A-F

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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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Note on Rates

Age-adjusted rates in this publication were based on the best population estimates as of October 2001. The 1999-2001 age-adjusted rates presented here will not match age-adjusted rates found in some of our other reports due to changes in population estimates by age.