Deaths of Massachusetts Residents

This Population Health Information Tool (PHIT) dataset provides information on deaths of Massachusetts residents from different communities and across the state.

About the Dashboard

This dashboard shares selected data on deaths of Massachusetts residents including deaths by year, cause of death, and demographics of people who died. The different tabs show annual death trends and can be filtered by year, city/town, and cause. In addition, the data is presented in both total number of deaths and age-adjusted rate. All visualizations focus on reported race and Hispanic ethnicity, age, and gender.

About Deaths of Massachusetts Residents

These data are collected from individual death certificates of Massachusetts residents, including residents who died in other US states.  Demographic information is most often provided by family members, while cause of death information is provided by medical certifiers such as physicians, medical examiners, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Examining data on deaths of Massachusetts residents allows for the monitoring of trends in cancer, heart disease, suicide rates, or other diseases and aspects of health. This information can be used to track the characteristics of those who have died, inform and make decisions about public health challenges, and compare death trends with other communities. 

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