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DEMOGRAPHICS - Ethnic Death Rates
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There are marked differences among ethnic groups in terms of age of death. Japanese have the highest crude death rates due to a large elderly population and small youth population. Hawaiians/part-Hawaiians, by contrast, have relatively low crude death rates because their population is comparatively young. Information from 2011 illustrates the differences in age of death for major ethnic groups. Seventy percent of Japanese deaths occur at age 80 or older, and only 5 percent occur below 55 years of age. Compare this with Caucasians, Filipinos, and "All Others," for whom 43 to 47 percent of deaths occur at age 80 and older.

In comparision to the other key ethnic groups, the Hawaiian/part-Hawaiian population is dying at much younger ages, with only 28 percent of their deaths occurring at age 80 and older. Twenty-one percent of deaths among the Hawaiian/part-Hawaiian population occur before age 55, which is at least 2 times higher than any other group (excluding "all others").


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Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Statistics Records.; U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division.
Note: Rates are crude per 100,000 ethnic population.
Source: Hawai`i State Department of Health, Office of Health Status Monitoring, Vital Statistics Records.