Health
Mortality Rates

Decreasing


Mortality Rate

What does this measure?

The number of deaths per year, expressed as an age-adjusted rate per 100,000 residents.

Why is this important?

Mortality rates are a measure of the overall health of a community, particularly since some of the most common causes of death, such as heart disease, can be prevented or mitigated through lifestyle changes, prevention efforts, early intervention, and better health care.

How does our county compare?

In 2019, Lancaster County's mortality rate was 649 per 100,000 residents, a decrease of 19% since 2000. Lancaster had a lower rate than the state (751 per 10,000 residents). Lancaster's mortality rate was lower than surrounding counties with the exception of Chester, with a rate of 617 per 100,000 residents.

All surrounding counties experienced decreases in mortality rates from 2000. Chester saw the largest decrease of 25% and Lebanon had the smallest decrease of 12%.

Notes about the data

Rates have been adjusted for differences in age and gender among the geographies.

Mortality Rate
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania886.6864.1885.4869.8842.8843.0853.3835.2814.9768.9758.8769.1749.4758.7746.2766.3768.4777.0759.4750.6
Lancaster County803.5763.0822.9812.1813.4818.9836.6815.5781.8727.3659.2657.2682.4673.9663.5685.8692.4687.5671.6648.9
Berks County832.5819.8843.1813.3773.9804.7803.8781.3759.2726.3720.5719.3703.5731.5704.7736.4760.0732.1697.3724.8
Chester County823.6752.4808.2789.6756.6784.0772.7760.9743.3674.0639.6653.5632.2617.5617.9636.2615.7650.6628.2617.3
Cumberland County803.5772.7827.3803.4797.8810.7870.9821.0775.6695.0709.8699.2699.8693.1665.4678.3690.8722.9691.6664.8
Dauphin County886.6876.0868.7876.5843.3838.4824.0813.0848.7767.9759.0800.8722.6746.2723.4758.8759.8760.1728.7730.8
Lebanon County834.4778.4827.8850.0840.1870.2877.5870.3794.6774.2711.1744.6683.6770.0662.7747.7738.5754.0753.6733.0
York County832.6786.1812.4782.4812.6799.6797.9792.6758.3721.7722.8733.2685.7707.3733.9761.3753.0744.6725.6726.2

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Notes: Rate per 100,000 residents. Numbers are age- and sex-adjusted.




Total Deaths
20002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Pennsylvania130,092129,648129,396128,890126,602128,447124,460123,967126,332123,924123,473127,122125,432128,704127,773132,278132,724135,577134,645133,932
Lancaster County4,2574,1814,2984,3374,4134,4584,3464,3424,6344,4844,3754,4854,7314,7664,7935,0325,1165,1925,1665,108
Berks County3,6213,6543,6333,5553,4513,6513,4853,4613,5433,5323,6223,6693,6583,8623,7233,9664,0604,0363,9264,081
Chester County3,3113,2023,2863,2863,2773,4623,3643,3913,5273,4893,4533,6553,6323,6623,7493,9443,8854,1224,1174,094
Cumberland County1,9851,9732,0512,0322,0342,0702,1442,0732,1692,0462,1772,2052,2152,2542,2162,3012,3612,5022,4522,373
Dauphin County2,4472,4812,4032,4862,4272,4492,3172,3262,5002,3112,3332,5312,3162,4122,4042,5372,5632,6012,5522,588
Lebanon County1,2801,2401,2571,3241,3251,3881,3261,3411,3391,3691,3421,4361,3221,4931,3161,4891,4961,5321,5721,543
York County3,3513,2863,2993,2723,4763,4393,3733,4403,6243,5453,6163,7633,6153,7863,9784,2354,2084,2394,1984,294

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention




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Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
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Per-Student Spending Maintaining
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions Decreasing
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Disengaged Youth Maintaining
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Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
College Graduation Rates Decreasing
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
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Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
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Incarceration Rate Decreasing
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Population Density Increasing
Air Quality Increasing
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People with Disabilities Maintaining
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
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Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
Female to Male Earnings Ratio Maintaining
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Change in Number of Businesses by Sector Increasing
Change in Total Agricultural Sales Increasing
Spending for Local Government Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children in Poverty by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Veterans Living in Poverty Decreasing
Working Poor Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
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Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Household Receiving Temporary Assistance Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
Median Home Value Maintaining
Occupied Housing Units Maintaining
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Median Rent Maintaining
Cost of Renting Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Means of Transportation to Work, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Health Status Decreasing
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Mortality Rates Decreasing
Fatal Drug Overdoses Increasing
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
High-Tech Jobs Increasing
STEM Graduates Increasing
Science and Engineering Research and Development Maintaining
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
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