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Volume 2 - Leading Causes of Death

Vital Statistics

2008 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 2008 and the number of deaths and unadjusted and age-adjusted death rates for 2004-2008. Beginning in 1999, causes of death were coded using the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). With five years of data now available under ICD-10, we are again publishing five-year unadjusted and age-adjusted death rates. For more information, please read the introduction (PDF, 177 KB).

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(Appendix E Revised May 2010)

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, 224 KB): Leading causes of death by age group, race, sex, and Hispanic Status and a mortality statistics summary for North Carolina

  • Technical Notes (PDF, 178 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, 219 KB): Comparability Ratios for the major causes of death and the Lists of Selected Causes of Death used in Tables A-F

Other Resources

  • Appendix E (PDF, 572 KB): a technical publication on age-adjusted death rates


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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