Special Report

How Many People Died The Year You Were Born

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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,850 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 63.3 years
> Deaths: 1,342,106
> Population: 125,578,763
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (286,360 deaths, 21.3% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (128,479 deaths, 9.6% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Pneumonia and influenza (120,142 deaths, 9.0% of all deaths)

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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,888 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 61.1 years
> Deaths: 1,396,903
> Population: 126,373,773
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (303,724 deaths, 21.7% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (134,428 deaths, 9.6% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Pneumonia and influenza (122,441 deaths, 8.8% of all deaths)

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1935
> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,860 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 61.7 years
> Deaths: 1,392,752
> Population: 127,250,232
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (312,333 deaths, 22.4% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (137,649 deaths, 9.9% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Pneumonia and influenza (132,625 deaths, 9.5% of all deaths)

1936
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,964 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 58.5 years
> Deaths: 1,479,228
> Population: 128,053,180
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (341,350 deaths, 23.1% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Pneumonia and influenza (153,189 deaths, 10.4% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cancer (142,613 deaths, 9.6% of all deaths)

1937
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,883 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 60.0 years
> Deaths: 1,450,427
> Population: 128,824,829
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (346,401 deaths, 23.9% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Pneumonia and influenza (148,014 deaths, 10.2% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cancer (144,774 deaths, 10.0% of all deaths)

1938
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,764 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 63.5 years
> Deaths: 1,381,391
> Population: 129,824,939
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (350,168 deaths, 25.3% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (149,214 deaths, 10.8% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (111,567 deaths, 8.1% of all deaths)

1939
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,767 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 63.7 years
> Deaths: 1,387,897
> Population: 130,879,718
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (360,634 deaths, 26.0% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (153,846 deaths, 11.1% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (114,967 deaths, 8.3% of all deaths)

1940
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,785 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 62.9 years
> Deaths: 1,417,269
> Population: 132,122,446
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (385,191 deaths, 27.2% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (158,335 deaths, 11.2% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (119,753 deaths, 8.4% of all deaths)

1941
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,695 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 64.8 years
> Deaths: 1,397,642
> Population: 133,402,471
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (386,141 deaths, 27.6% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (159,926 deaths, 11.4% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (118,584 deaths, 8.5% of all deaths)

1942
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,636 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 66.2 years
> Deaths: 1,385,187
> Population: 134,859,553
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (394,915 deaths, 28.5% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (163,400 deaths, 11.8% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (120,652 deaths, 8.7% of all deaths)

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