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Top 10 Causes

Many factors influence mortality within communities and can change the top causes of death. Find out how your county compares to others and the state, and how cause of death changes by sex.

Measure Description:

  • Each cause of death age adjusted rate (AAR) is the total number of deaths for each cause per 10,000 population. Age adjustment to the 2000 Standard US Census is done to allow direct comparison of rates in counties and state with different population age distributions.
  • ‘Sex’ is identified by the death certificate informant, who is usually related to the deceased by lineage or marriage.
  • Categories of diseases are based on ICD-10 mortality coding. Top 10 causes of death are different depending on year and county, so the list will vary based on selection. More information about the specific codes contained in each category can be found here.
  • Death rates for some causes of death will not be displayed because confidentiality and privacy standards in Iowa prevent the display of data when there are five or fewer deaths from a specific cause of death in a year at either the state or county level.

Measures are defined above the visualization. Additional help can be found in the Help Section.