Cancer, Heart Disease, Accidents & Covid Are Top Causes Of Alaska Deaths

State Gives Report On What Caused Deaths In Alaska In 2022  The Alaska Health Analytics and Vital Records Section   (HAVRS) would like to an...

State Gives Report On What Caused Deaths In Alaska In 2022 


The Alaska Health Analytics and Vital Records Section (HAVRS) would like to announce the release of the Alaska Vital Statistics 2022 Annual Report. This report is now available on the HAVRS Data and Statistics website.

This report contains information about Alaska resident vital events, including births, deaths, and fetal deaths, as well as marriages, divorces, and adoptions occurring in the state. This provides valuable information to state and federal agencies, policy makers, researchers, healthcare providers, and others with an interest in Alaska public health issues. Subjects include birth and fertility rates, maternal and infant health characteristics, death rates, leading causes of death, life expectancy, and marriage separation, and adoption rates.

In 2022, there were 9,361 Alaska resident births. The fertility rate was 63.8 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44 years (down slightly from 64.2 in 2021). Aurora/Charlotte (tied) and Oliver were the most popular names for newborn girls and boys, respectively.

In 2022, there were 5,701 Alaska resident deaths. The age-adjusted death rate was 804.0 deaths per 100,000 population (down from 906.7 in 2021). Life expectancy was 76.8 years, up from 75.4 in 2021. The top 10 leading underlying causes of death (i.e., the injury or disease that initiated the train of morbid events leading to death) were, in ranked order:

  1. Malignant Neoplasms (Cancer): 1,060 deaths.
  2. Diseases of Heart: 990 deaths.
  3. Accidents (Unintentional Injuries): 547 deaths.
  4. COVID-19: 265 deaths.
  5. Cerebrovascular Diseases (Stroke): 217 deaths.
  6. Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases: 209 deaths.
  7. Intentional Self-Harm (Suicide): 197 deaths.
  8. Chronic Liver Disease and Cirrhosis/Diabetes Mellitus: 184 deaths (tied).
  9. Alzheimer Disease: 175 deaths.
  10. Nephritis, Nephrotic Syndrome & Nephrosis (Kidney Diseases): 93 deaths.

In addition to the leading causes of death, the report also highlights several other types of mortality involving alcohol, drugs, and firearms.

  • Alcohol-induced causes such as alcohol poisoning and alcoholic liver disease resulted in 286 Alaska resident deaths in 2022.
  • Drug-induced causes such as drug poisonings (overdoses) resulted in 268 Alaska resident deaths in 2022.
  • Firearms were involved in 163 Alaska resident deaths in 2022. This includes 114 intentional self-harm (suicide) discharges, and 41 assault (homicide) discharges.

Please refer to the full report for more information.

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