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The death dataset includes mortality data by year. These data include causes of death as well as demographic information about decedents like age at death, race/ethnicity, gender, town of residence, place of death, and more.

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What you need to know

Death data are collected from individual death certificates from deaths occurring in Massachusetts, or deaths of Massachusetts residents who died in other U.S. states. Data presented here are for Massachusetts residents only.
Demographic information about decedents is most often provided by family members, while cause of death information is provided by medical certifiers.  This includes physicians, medical examiners, nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

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Death certificate data can help to monitor trends in disease and health within a population by following rates of cancer, heart disease, suicide, or unintentional injuries, for example. This dataset provides statewide data about causes of death which can be used for medical research and public health programs. Examining causes of death by decedents' demographic characteristics can help to uncover racial and other disparities in death rates.

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