With advances in health care, nutrition, public health and other factors, the death rate in Massachusetts and in the US has steadily decreased in the past century. In 2007, approximately one of every 120 Massachusetts residents died. One hundred sixty-one years ago, in 1849, it was one out of every 47 residents. The Department of Public Health monitors long-term mortality trends in the Commonwealth, identifies groups at greatest risk of death from diseases and injuries, and designs and implement programs directed toward these groups.

In this chapter

Overall Mortality - Racial and Ethnic Differences - Leading Causes of Death - Life Expectancy - Educational Attainment - Premature Mortality Rate - Amenable Mortality

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