How Michigan Dies: The State’s Top 50 Causes of Death
It's a simple fact of life. Not to be morbid, but as sure as we all are born - one day, we will all also die.
We all pretty much enter this world in a similar fashion. How we exit? Well, there's quite a bit of variety where that's concerned.
The Leading Causes of Death in Michigan Depend on Our Age Group
Depending on our stage of life, leading causes of death in Michigan can be very different.
For example, according to WorldLifeExpectancy.com, low birth weight and congenital abnormalities are the leading causes of death in Michigan among those ages 0-14, while homicide and traffic accidents lead the list for those ages 15-24.
If you're a Michigander aged 25-44, you're actually more likely to die of some sort of poisoning (accidental or intentional) than you are anything else. COVID-19 was the leading cause of death among Michigan residents ages 45-74 in 2022, the most recent year for which data has been released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The Leading Causes of Death in Michigan Also Depend on Our Gender
Whether we are male or female also plays a role in determining the leading cause of death for Michiganders.
For instance, while stroke is the 3rd-leading cause of death among women, it's 6th among men (falling behind lung cancers, hypertension and lung disease). Females ages 15-24 are most likely to die in traffic accidents, while males the same age are most likely to be murdered.
The Top 50 Causes of Death in Michigan
Have we piqued your curiosity? Here are the Top 50 causes of death overall in Michigan, regardless of age. Fair warning - there are some surprises below.
Leading Causes of Death in Michigan