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Health Indicator Report of Death Rates from Leading Causes of Death

Death rates by leading causes of death show areas where health improvement and prevention programs should be targeted to reduce the number of deaths.
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U.S. data for 2017 were not available at the time this report was published. Leading causes were ranked by the number of NM deaths, and corresponding U.S. rates have been provided for comparison. The rates shown in this graph have been age-adjusted. The leading causes in the colored grid, below, were ranked by the number of deaths in each area (NM versus U.S.).

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Estimates: University of New Mexico, Geospatial and Population Studies (GPS) Program,
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC WONDER Online Database (

Data Interpretation Issues

Leading causes of death are ranked based on the number of New Mexico deaths.


Death rates for the leading causes of death are the number of deaths from each cause per 100,000 New Mexico population ranked according to the number of deaths.


Number of deaths from the specified cause


Total population

How Are We Doing?

Heart Disease, the leading cause of death in 2016, accounted for 20.7% of all deaths in the state, followed by Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer) with 19.5% and Unintentional Injuries at 8.1%.

Health Program Information

For information on leading causes of death by county, visit the "Quick Facts" pages in the NM-IBIS Community Health Highlights reports by county, here: [].
Page Content Updated On 11/26/2018, Published on 11/28/2018
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Content updated: Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:16:28 MST