United States Mortality Database

Magali Barbieri, Director
University of California, Berkeley & INED, France

John Wilmoth, Founding Director
United Nations & formerly University of California, Berkeley

General Project Description: The United States Mortality Database (USMDB) brings you the first clearly documented historical set of complete state-level life tables, updated to the latest year of available data, designed to foster research on geographic variations in mortality across the United States and to monitor trends in health inequalities. This data set currently includes complete and abridged life tables by sex for each of the US 9 Census Divisions, 4 Census Regions, 50 States and the District of Columbia, for each year since 1959 with mortality values up to age 110. The data are available for free to all interested upon registration.

The USMDB is an outgrowth of the Human Mortality Database (HMD) project. It was developed to provide detailed mortality and population data to researchers, students, journalist, policy analysists, and others interested in state-level mortality trends and geographic variations in the length of life within the United States. The USMDB has been created by the HMD team at the University of California, Berkeley in collaboration with the Mortality Branch at the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control (NCHS) and with support from the Center on the Economics and Development of Aging (CEDA) and from the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). It has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health (R01-AG040245) and from the Society of Actuaries-REX Pool Fund.

For more information, please begin by reading an overview of the database. If you have comments or questions, or trouble gaining access to the data, please write to us (usmdb@mortality.org).

Disclaimer: This is a preliminary version of the USMDB. We have made our best efforts to deliver a high quality copy of the Database and to verify that the regional life tables contained therein have been constructed on the basis of sound scientific judgement. However, we make no warranties to that effect, and we shall not be liable for any damage that may result from errors in the Database. Furthermore, while we will seek to continuously update the USMDB, the information herein may not be entirely up-to-date or complete.

Registration: You must register and create a username and password to download any USMDB data products. To register or manage your account, click here.

Data description: The United States Mortality Database provides open access to complete and abridged life tables for every calendar year since 1959 for the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, for the 9 Census Divisions, the 4 Census Regions, and for the nation as a whole.

The life tables are provided in six different age by time format and they can be downloaded either as .CSV or as Tab-delimited text files. The entire set of lifetables can be downloaded in this bundled file (lifetables.zip) or the user can select lifetables for a given state, division, region, or the nation from the tables below.



Lifetables by Geographic Level

Geographic Level: National

USA: United States

Geographic Level: Census Region (Reg)

Reg1: NortheastReg3: South
Reg2: MidwestReg4: West

Geographic Level: Census Division (Div)

Div1: New EnglandDiv4: West North CentralDiv7: West South Central
Div2: Middle AtlanticDiv5: South AtlanticDiv8: Mountain
Div3: East North CentralDiv6: East South CentralDiv9: Pacific

Geographic Level: State

AL: AlabamaKY: KentuckyND: North Dakota
AK: AlaskaLA: LouisianaOH: Ohio
AZ: ArizonaME: MaineOK: Oklahoma
AR: ArkansasMD: MarylandOR: Oregon
CA: CaliforniaMA: MassachusettsPA: Pennsylvania
CO: ColoradoMI: MichiganRI: Rhode Island
CT: ConnecticutMN: MinnesotaSC: South Carolina
DE: DelawareMS: MississippiSD: South Dakota
DC: District of ColumbiaMO: MissouriTN: Tennessee
FL: FloridaMT: MontanaTX: Texas
GA: GeorgiaNE: NebraskaUT: Utah
HI: HawaiiNV: NevadaVT: Vermont
ID: IdahoNH: New HampshireVA: Virginia
IL: IllinoisNJ: New JerseyWA: Washington
IN: IndianaNM: New MexicoWV: West Virginia
IA: IowaNY: New YorkWI: Wisconsin
KS: KansasNC: North CarolinaWY: Wyoming