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How Many People Died The Year You Were Born

1953
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,386 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 68.8 years
> Deaths: 1,517,541
> Population: 160,184,192
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (570,275 deaths, 37.6% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (229,079 deaths, 15.1% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (169,800 deaths, 11.2% of all deaths)

1954
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,315 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 69.6 years
> Deaths: 1,481,091
> Population: 163,025,854
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (560,077 deaths, 37.8% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (234,669 deaths, 15.8% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (167,777 deaths, 11.3% of all deaths)

1955
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,332 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 69.6 years
> Deaths: 1,528,717
> Population: 165,931,202
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (584,620 deaths, 38.2% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (240,681 deaths, 15.7% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (174,142 deaths, 11.4% of all deaths)

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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,334 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 69.7 years
> Deaths: 1,564,476
> Population: 168,903,031
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (602,995 deaths, 38.5% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (247,357 deaths, 15.8% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (177,845 deaths, 11.4% of all deaths)

1957
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,357 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 69.5 years
> Deaths: 1,633,128
> Population: 171,984,130
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (628,504 deaths, 38.5% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (253,183 deaths, 15.5% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (187,709 deaths, 11.5% of all deaths)

1958
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,343 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 69.6 years
> Deaths: 1,647,886
> Population: 174,881,904
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (643,041 deaths, 39.0% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (256,727 deaths, 15.6% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (192,545 deaths, 11.7% of all deaths)

1959
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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,317 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 69.9 years
> Deaths: 1,656,814
> Population: 177,829,628
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (645,877 deaths, 39.0% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (261,943 deaths, 15.8% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (192,767 deaths, 11.6% of all deaths)

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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,339 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 69.7 years
> Deaths: 1,711,982
> Population: 180,671,158
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (661,712 deaths, 38.7% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (267,627 deaths, 15.6% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (193,588 deaths, 11.3% of all deaths)

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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,299 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 70.2 years
> Deaths: 1,701,522
> Population: 183,691,481
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (663,391 deaths, 39.0% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (273,502 deaths, 16.1% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (192,951 deaths, 11.3% of all deaths)

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> Age-adjusted death rate: 1,324 deaths per 100,000 people
> Avg. life expectancy: 70.1 years
> Deaths: 1,756,720
> Population: 186,537,737
> Leading cause of death: Heart disease (688,009 deaths, 39.2% of all deaths)
> Second leading cause of death: Cancer (278,562 deaths, 15.9% of all deaths)
> Third leading cause of death: Cerebrovascular diseases (197,451 deaths, 11.2% of all deaths)

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