Mortality statistics provide a valuable
measure for assessing community health status. The importance of
mortality statistics derives both from the significance of death in an
individualís life as well as their potential to improve the publicís health
when used to systematically assess and monitor the health status of a whole
community. Within the realm of public health, mortality statistics are
often used as a cornerstone in formulating health plans and policies to prevent
or reduce premature mortality and improve our quality of life.
As noted in one of our prior reports,
"mortality data are some of the best sources of information about the
health of living communities. They provide a snapshot of current health
problems, suggest persistent patterns of risk in specific communities, and show
trends in specific causes of death over time. Many causes of death are
preventable or treatable and, therefore, warrant the attention of public health
prevention efforts. Furthermore, because mortality data allow us to identify
leading causes of premature death, they provide a valuable benchmark for
evaluating progress in increasing years of healthy life for Connecticut
residents. As such, they are important
indicators of where federal, state, and local prevention efforts should be
placed in building healthy communities" (Hynes M, et al. Mortality & Its Risk
Factors in CT: 1989-1998, p. I-3).
In addition, mortality statistics are a
useful tool for health assessment due to the standardized, broadly accepted
methods used to produce them. Connecticut and other states throughout the
U.S. follow the coding, data collection, and data processing standards set
forth by the World Health Organization and the National Center for Health Statistics/Centers
for Disease Control. This surveillance infrastructure has helped to
assure the comparability and integrity of mortality data throughout the
U.S. In addition, mortality data benefits from the existence of death
registration systems that provide information on virtually all death
Mortality statistics are published by the
CT Department of Public Health for deaths occurring to residents of
CT. The CT mortality tables provide the cause of death, the number
of deaths for that cause, the age-adjusted mortality rate, and the years of
potential life lost. Statistical comparisons assessing changes over time
and differences between demographic groups are also provided. Please visit our technical notes page for
definitions of mortality terms and for detailed information
about mortality statistics.
Mortality Tables (AAMR &
YPLL): Data tables are published annually.
1989 to 1998 with
62 Cause of Death Codes
1999 to 2009 with
64 Cause of Death Codes
2000 to 2010 with 74 Cause of Death
Interactive Maps: Select mortality statistics are available in Instant Atlas. This
town-level map allows the user to compare data for one town to other towns and to the State.
For help on navigating the map/report, click the Help Button that youíll find on the report.
Leading Causes of Death, 2001-2005 & 2006-2010
Mortality Summary Reports: Summary
reports are published periodically.
Connecticut Resident Mortality
Statistics, 1999-2001 (pdf, 10MB) provides AAMR and YPLL
tables for CT residents
by sex and race/ethnicity. This report includes standard errors and
Connecticut Resident Mortality Summary Tables, 1999-2001 (pdf,
816KB) provides leading
causes of death by sex and race/ethnicity, mortality disparities by sex, race/ethnicity mortality
disparities by sex, race/ethnicity premature mortality disparities by sex.
Mortality & Its Risk
Factors in Connecticut Report: 1989-1998 provides mortality
risk factors for CT residents for a 10-year period by sex, age, and race/ethnicity.
Vital Statistics (Registration Reports):
Annual frequencies and rates of deaths of CT residents are also available at the state, county
and town level through the Vital Statistics page.