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Number of years of potential life lost prior to age 75 per 100,000 population.

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  • Number of years of potential life lost prior to age 75 per 100,000 population.

Premature Death

United States Premature Death (1990-2014) see more
  • Number of years of potential life lost prior to age 75 per 100,000 population.
Ranking Value State
1 5345 Massachusetts
2 5358 Minnesota
3 5580 New Hampshire
4 5590 California
5 5603 Connecticut
6 5679 Vermont
7 5737 New York
8 5837 New Jersey
9 5865 Hawaii
10 5912 Washington
11 5991 Colorado
12 6049 Rhode Island
13 6143 Utah
14 6207 Wisconsin
15 6224 Nebraska
16 6309 Iowa
17 6310 Idaho
18 6371 Oregon
19 6502 Virginia
20 6645 Maine
21 6721 Illinois
22 6772 Maryland
23 6878 North Dakota
24 7050 Texas
25 7116 Florida
26 7124 Arizona
27 7209 Kansas
28 7287 Pennsylvania
29 7297 Nevada
30 7330 South Dakota
31 7480 Montana
32 7574 Michigan
33 7593 Wyoming
34 7600 Alaska
35 7624 Georgia
36 7661 North Carolina
37 7729 Delaware
38 7928 Ohio
39 7993 Indiana
40 8120 Missouri
41 8445 New Mexico
42 8645 South Carolina
43 9168 Tennessee
44 9575 Kentucky
45 9625 Louisiana
46 9654 Oklahoma
47 9656 Arkansas
48 10008 Alabama
49 10159 West Virginia
50 10354 Mississippi

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Premature Death is the age-adjusted loss of years of life due to death before age 75, [1] or YPLL-75. For example, the death of a 25-year-old would account for 50 years of lost life, while the death of a 60-year-old would account for 15 years. The 2014 ranks are based on 2012 mortality data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Premature death varies from a low of 5,345 years lost per 100,000 population in Massachusetts to over 10,000 years lost per 100,000 population in Mississippi, West Virginia, and Alabama. Nationally, 6,976 years were lost before the age of 75 per 100,000 population. Premature death has declined since the 1990 Edition, from 8,716 years lost before age 75 per 100,000 population to the current rate.

Premature death is a measure of mortality that reflects the age of death for persons younger than 75 years of age. A person who dies very young contributes more towards the overall measure and causes it to increase more than someone who dies closer to age 75. Deaths occurring in younger people are more likely to be preventable than those occurring in older people and are often indicative of failures in the health care system and/or lifestyle factors. According to 2009 mortality data, cancer, unintentional injury, heart disease, suicide, and deaths occurring during the perinatal period are the top 5 causes of premature death in the United States.[2] Many of these causes of death are preventable through lifestyle modifications. Lung cancer is the largest contributor towards premature cancer deaths, and smoking cessation can greatly decrease the risk of lung cancer. Heart disease is tied to several modifiable risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and physical inactivity. A variety of intervention strategies that encourage healthy lifestyles and preventative care can be effective in decreasing premature death.


[1] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Premature mortality in the United States: Public health issues in the use of years of potential life lost. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 1986;35(suppl 2):1S-11S.

[2] CDC/National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). WISQARS Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) Report, 2009. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, NCIPC.