Measures of Mortality
Leading Causes of Death
The leading cause of death rankings present the most frequently occurring causes of death in San Diego County. These measures show the relative burden of a specific cause of death compared to other causes. Rankings vary by geography, age, gender, race/ethnicity, and even vary over time.
While diseases of the heart, commonly known as heart disease, holds the spot as the #1 leading cause of death in the United States and in the state of California, Cancer continues to be the leading cause of death in San Diego County.
Leading Causes of Death Workbook: This workbook presents the leading causes of death in alphabetical order. Each tab represents one condition and displays the cases and rates of deaths by age, race/ethnicity, and gender by each geography.
Leading Causes of Death Tables by:
- San Diego County Leading Causes of Death 2011-2020
Causes of Death Tables by Gender, 2011-2020
- Leading Causes of Death Tables by Race/Ethnicity, 2011-2020
- Leading Causes of Death Tables by HHSA Region, 2011-2020
- Leading Causes of Death Tables by San Diego County Supervisorial District, 2011-2020
- Leading Causes of Death Tables by SES (Median Household Income), 2011-2018
Life Expectancy in San Diego County, 2010-2019
Life expectancy is one of the Top 10 Indicators measured for the County of San Diego’s Live Well San Diego vision for healthier, safer, and thriving communities. This measure is a widely used indicator for the capability to live a long and healthy life and reflects the overall mortality of a population. This document includes life expectancy by gender, race/ethnicity, geography, and overall for San Diego County.
Smoking Attributable Mortality
The Smoking Attributable Mortality tables estimate the number of San Diego County residents who died due to smoking. The tables display the five-year average deaths, attributable fractions, and the estimated smoking attributable mortality for San Diego County and each of the Health and Human Services Agency Regions. Five-year average of deaths were calculated for certain diseases or conditions where there is evidence of a relationship between the disease or condition and smoking or secondhand smoking.2 Attributable fractions are the proportions of a specific disease or condition that would be attributable to smoking and come from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Smoking Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs System.3 The estimated smoking attributable mortality was calculated by multiplying the attributable fraction by the five-year average of deaths due to a disease or condition.
1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2019 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2020. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2019, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html on July 22, 2021 7:26:10 PM.
2U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress (2014). The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General (nih.gov).
3Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Smoking‐Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) System (2014). http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK294316/table/ch12.t4/?report=objectonly.