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How Many People Died The Year You Were Born

1943
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,702 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 63.3 years
> Deaths: 1,459,544
> Population: 136,739,353
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (421,391 deaths, 28.9% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (166,848 deaths, 11.4% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (127,300 deaths, 8.7% of all deaths)

1944
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,619 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 65.2 years
> Deaths: 1,411,338
> Population: 138,397,345
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (418,062 deaths, 29.6% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (171,171 deaths, 12.1% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (124,250 deaths, 8.8% of all deaths)

1945
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,575 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 65.9 years
> Deaths: 1,401,719
> Population: 139,928,165
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (424,328 deaths, 30.3% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (177,464 deaths, 12.7% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (129,144 deaths, 9.2% of all deaths)

1946
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,530 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 66.7 years
> Deaths: 1,395,617
> Population: 141,388,566
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (429,230 deaths, 30.8% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (182,005 deaths, 13.0% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (125,646 deaths, 9.0% of all deaths)

1947
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,532 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 66.8 years
> Deaths: 1,445,370
> Population: 144,126,071
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (460,580 deaths, 31.9% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (189,811 deaths, 13.1% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (131,039 deaths, 9.1% of all deaths)

1948
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,502 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 67.2 years
> Deaths: 1,444,337
> Population: 146,631,302
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (471,469 deaths, 32.6% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (197,042 deaths, 13.6% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (131,036 deaths, 9.1% of all deaths)

1949
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,457 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 68.0 years
> Deaths: 1,443,607
> Population: 149,188,130
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (518,568 deaths, 35.9% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (206,325 deaths, 14.3% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (149,953 deaths, 10.4% of all deaths)

1950
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,446 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 68.2 years
> Deaths: 1,452,454
> Population: 152,271,417
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (535,705 deaths, 36.9% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (210,733 deaths, 14.5% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (156,751 deaths, 10.8% of all deaths)

1951
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,424 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 68.4 years
> Deaths: 1,482,099
> Population: 154,877,889
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (545,675 deaths, 36.8% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (215,525 deaths, 14.5% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (163,550 deaths, 11.0% of all deaths)

1952
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,395 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 68.6 years
> Deaths: 1,496,838
> Population: 157,552,740
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (555,141 deaths, 37.1% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (223,277 deaths, 14.9% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (166,331 deaths, 11.1% of all deaths)

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