Health Status > Children
In 2004, 11,619 children between the ages of
1 and 14 years died of various causes; this was
222 fewer than the previous year. The overall
death rate among 1- to 4-year-olds was 29.9 per
100,000, and the rate among 5- to 14-year-olds
was 16.8 per 100,000. The leading cause of
death among the younger age group continues to
be unintentional injury, which accounted for
34.3 percent of all deaths in this age group in
2004. The next most common cause of death
was congenital malformations (birth defects),
followed by malignant neoplasms (cancer),
homicide, and major cardiovascular diseases.
Unintentional injury was also the leading cause
of death among older children, accounting for
39.0 percent of deaths among 5- to 14-year-olds.
This was followed by malignant neoplasms, congenital
malformations, homicide, major cardiovascular
diseases, and suicide.