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