Teen death rate, 5-year averages in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

The child and teen death rate reflects a broad array of factors: physical and mental health; access to health care; community factors; use of safety practices and the level of adult supervision. Accidents, primarily those involving motor vehicles, are the leading cause of death for children and youth.

What the data shows
On a statewide level, the trend for teen deaths ages 15 -19 has been generally declining since 2002. It was 6.4 per 10,000 teens age 15 -19 in 1998-2002 compared to 4.5 for 2015-2019..
For the latest five years, Washington County had the highest rate at 8.0 followed by Knox County at 7.1 per 10,000 youth . The counties with the lowest rates were: Cumberland at 2.0 and Sagadahoc at 3.3 teens age 15 -19 per 10,000.

Casey Foundation notes that at a national level, the data is moving in the right direction
Casey Foundation National Child and Teen Mortality Rates Moving in Right Direction
Reducing child and teen mortality means reducing accidents, including car accidents and other types of accidents as well as homicides and suicides.
Based on teen deaths ages 15 -19, Maine ranks 22nd h nationally in 2018. It was ranked last of the New England states and has a teen mortality rate higher than Texas and Florida. Kids Count Teen Death Rates By State

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Definitions: The rate of deaths from all causes to teenagers ages 15-19. The rate is per 10,000 teens ages 15-19. The data are reported by the child's place of residence, not the place of death. The 5 year average means that the year represents the last year of a five year period, so 2019 is for the years 2015-2019.

Data Source: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics.

Footnotes: LNE (Low number event): Data has been suppressed to preserve confidentiality.

Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2019 represents the average of data from 2015-2019, while 2018 represents the average of data from 2013-2017, etc.

Updated December 2020