10 Leading Causes of Death in the U.S., 2010

In 2010, as in previous years, accidents were the leading cause of death for those under 34 years, while in older age groups, chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease were the leading causes. The top two—heart disease and cancer—are exactly the same. However, the age-adjusted death rate came in at a record low value of 747.0 per 100,000 for the United States, and life expectancy increased to a record high value of 78.7 years.

Rank Causes of death All persons
All causes 2,468,435
1. Diseases of heart 597,689
2. Malignant neoplasms (cancer) 574,743
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases 138,080
4. Cerebrovascular diseases 129,476
5. Accidents/unintentional injuries 120,859
6. Alzheimer's disease 83,494
7. Diabetes mellitus 69,071
8. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis 50,476
9. Influenza and pneumonia 50,097
10. Suicide/intentional self-harm 38,364
Source: cdc.gov, National Vital Statistics Reports: Deaths: Final Data for 2010, May 8, 2013.