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DEMOGRAPHICS - Deaths in Hawai'i
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Mortality refers to the level of death characterizing a population. Death rates are one measure of mortality. The study of mortality examines the relationship between death and the size, composition and distribution of the population. The "who, how, why, and when" issues related to dying are tied to health status and health resource utilization and are described in later sections of this website.

Rising Crude Death Rate: Hawai'i's overall death rate increased between 1980 and 2011, from 508 to 723 deaths per 100,000 population, an increase of 42 percent. This increase is largely a reflection of the increasing proportion of the elderly in Hawai'i's population.

Hawai`i vs. U.S. Death Rate: Hawai'i's death rate has been consistently below that of the United States as a whole. However, Hawai'i's rates are moving closer to national rates.



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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Statistics Records.; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Reports.; U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
Note: Rates are crude per 100,000 population. U.S. data for 2007 and 2008 are provisional.