How Arizona Health Stats Stack Up

Rachel LeingangMarch 16, 2022
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How Arizona stacks up against the rest of the U.S. in a variety of public health metrics:


… was the third-leading cause of death in Arizona in 2020:

8,430 deaths, behind heart disease and cancer  

… and is expected to be the leading cause of death in Arizona in 2021:

~15,800 deaths

Leading causes of death in Arizona in 2019:

Heart disease
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
Alzheimer’s disease
Chronic liver disease/cirrhosis

Number of influenza and pneumonia deaths in Arizona in 2019:


Percent of births to unwed mothers in Arizona:

45%, the 12th-highest rate in the country.

Life expectancy at birth in Arizona, as of 2018:

78.7 years

The highest life expectancy among states belongs to Hawaii: 81 years of age.

Infant mortality rate in Arizona, as of 2019:

5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births, an improvement over 2005, when it was 6.85 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Homicide rate in Arizona in 2019:

5.9 homicides per 100,000


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