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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.


Age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population. The leading causes of death have been ranked according to the number of New Mexico deaths. Age-adjusted death rates have been presented for comparison of New Mexico and U.S. rates. The U.S. death rate for chronic liver disease and cirrhosis was not available at the time this indicator was published.

Data Sources

  • New Mexico Death Data: Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics (BVRHS), New Mexico Department of Health.
  • Population Data Source: Geospatial and Population Studies Program, University of New Mexico.
  • U.S. Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics.

Data Interpretation Issues

Using age-adjusted deaths produces a slightly different ranking than that produced from death counts. The 10 leading causes of death, ranked in order of highest numbers of New Mexico deaths are as follows: Cancer, coronary heart disease, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic liver disease, suicide, Alzheimer's disease, and influenza and pneumonia.


Death rates for the leading causes of death are the number of deaths from each cause per 100,000 New Mexico population, age-adjusted to the U.S. 2000 standard population, and 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, accounted for 24.7% of all deaths in the state, followed by Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer) at 25.2% and Unintentional Injuries at 8.9%.

Health Program Information

For information on leading causes of death by county, see the NM-IBIS Community Health Highlights reports by county, here:
Page Content Updated On 01/20/2015, Published on 02/06/2015
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Content updated: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:57:53 MST