Youth death rate, ages 15 -19 5-year averages in Maine

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Why This Indicator Matters

The youth 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. Reducing the mortality rate among youth ages 15-19 means reducing accidents, including car accidents and other types of accidents, as well as suicides.

What the data shows
On a statewide level, the trend for deaths of youth 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 4.7 for 2016-2020. However, the rates have not been declining since 2014. Based on deaths per 10,000 youth ages 15 -19, Maine ranks tied for 11th nationally in 2019. It was ranked last of the four New England states with enough teen deaths to be included, and Maine has a teen mortality rate higher than California or Michigan. Kids Count Teen Death Rates By State

On a county level, for the latest five-year period, 2016-2020, Washington County had the highest rate at 9.2 followed by Lincoln County at 7.3 and Knox County at 7.1 per 10,000 youth ages 15-19. The counties with the lowest rates were: Cumberland and Kennebec at 3.3 youths per 10,000 youth ages 15 -19. In addition, rates for 3 counites could not be shown since the total number of deaths over the 5-year period was less than 6 in each of those counties.



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Definitions: The rate of deaths from all causes to youth ages 15-19. The rate is per 10,000 youth ages 15-19. The data are reported by the youth's place of residence, not the place of death. The 5-year average means that the year shown represents the last year of a five-year period, so 2020 is for the years 2016-2020.

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. Maine CDC does this for both rates and numbers when there are fewer than 6 events at a sub-state, such as county, level.

Data represent five-year averages, with the ultimate year of the five-year spread indicated here; 2020 represents the average of data from 2016-2020, while 2019 represents the average of data from 2015-2019, etc. Rates are per 10,000 youth ages 15-19.

Updated March 2022