Community Health Statistics Unit


Measures of Mortality

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Healthy People 2030 and Mortality

Healthy People 2030 (HP 2030) provides objectives to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing.5 This dashboard focuses on the mortality objectives of HP 2030 and displays mortality trends and the HP 2030 status for the most recent data year among San Diego County residents. Filter for a demographic, condition, or HP 2030 status to view San Diego County’s progress in reducing mortality and meeting national objectives.

Healthy People 2030 and Mortality in San Diego County Dashboard 

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.

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  • Leading Causes of Death Dashboard

    The Leading Causes of Death dashboard displays the top leading causes of death among San Diego County Residents for their respective years. Rank is based on the total number of deaths in each of the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) “rankable” categories. The cause of death is based on the underlying cause of death reported on death certificates as classified by ICD-10 codes. The leading causes of death are displayed by total, sex, age, race/ethnicity, Asian/Pacific Islander subgroup, Health and Human Services Region (HHSA Region), supervisorial district, and city.

    Leading Causes of Death among San Diego County Residents Dashboard

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Life Expectancy

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. The life expectancy brief includes life expectancy by gender, race/ethnicity, geography, and overall, for San Diego County.

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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.   

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. National Vital Statistics System, Mortality 2018-2022 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2024. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 2018-2022, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed at on Apr 30, 2024 7:24:23 PM.

2 U.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 (

3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Smoking‐Attributable Mortality, Morbidity, and Economic Costs (SAMMEC) System (2014).

California Department of Public Health, Center for Health Statistics, Office of Health Information and Research, Vital Records Business Intelligence System, 2022.

5 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Healthy People 2030, Healthy People 2030 |