Deaths : final data for 1997
Advanced Search
Select up to three search categories and corresponding keywords using the fields to the right. Refer to the Help section for more detailed instructions.

Search our Collections & Repository

All these words:

For very narrow results

This exact word or phrase:

When looking for a specific result

Any of these words:

Best used for discovery & interchangable words

None of these words:

Recommended to be used in conjunction with other fields



Publication Date Range:


Document Data


Document Type:






Clear All

Query Builder

Query box

Clear All

For additional assistance using the Custom Query please check out our Help Page

Filetype[PDF-1.11 MB]

  • English

  • Details:

    • Journal Article:
      National vital statistics reports
    • Description:
      Objectives: This report presents final 1997 data on U.S. deaths and death rates according to demographic and medical characteristics such as age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, educational attainment, injury at work, State of residence, and cause of death. Trends and patterns in general mortality, life expectancy, and infant and maternal mortality are also described. A previous report pre- sented preliminary mortality data for 1997.

      Methods: In 1997 a total of 2,314,245 deaths were reported in the United States. This report presents descriptive tabulations of information reported on the death certificates. Death certificates are completed by funeral directors, attending physicians, medical examiners, and coro- ners. Original records are filed in the State registration offices. Statistical information is compiled into a national data base through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program of the National Center for Health Sta- tistics (NCHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

      Results: The 1997 age-adjusted death rate for the United States decreased to an all-time low of 479.1 deaths per 100,000 standard population, and life expectancy at birth increased to a record high of 76.5 years. The 15 leading causes of death remained the same as in 1996, although Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection plum- meted from the 8th leading cause of death to the 14th leading cause. Some of the 8th–14th leading causes of death shifted positions. HIV infection remained the leading cause of death for black persons aged 25–44 years. The largest decline in age-adjusted death rates among the leading causes of death was for HIV infection, which dropped 47.7 percent between 1996 and 1997. Mortality declined for all age groups, except for persons aged 85 and over. The infant mortality rate reached a record low of 7.2 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 1997 although the decline in the rate from 1996 was not statistically significant.

      Conclusions: The overall improvements in general mortality and life expectancy in 1997 continue the long-term downward trend in U.S. mortality. The trend in U.S. infant mortality is of steady declines over the past four decades.

      Suggested citation: Hoyert DL, Kochanek KD, Murphy SL. Deaths: Final Data for 1997. National vital statistics reports; vol 47 no. 19. Hyattsville, Maryland: National Center for Health Statistics. 1999 .

    • Document Type:
    • Place as Subject:
    • Main Document Checksum:
    • File Type:

    Supporting Files

    • No Additional Files

    More +

    You May Also Like

    Checkout today's featured content at