Race and Ethnicity

The frequency of preventable injury-related deaths varies with race and ethnicity. In 2020, Non-Hispanic or Latino whites experienced 70% of all preventable deaths, down from 73% in 2019. The next largest proportion of deaths occurred to non-Hispanic Blacks who experienced 14% of deaths, up from 13% in 2019. Hispanic or Latinos experienced 12% of the deaths in 2020, up from 11% in 2019.

Preventable deaths in 2020 increased most among non-Hispanic Blacks (+33%) and among Hispanic whites, increasing 23% compared to 2019. Deaths among Non-Hispanic whites, in contrast, increased 12%.

Despite these trends, compared to the race and ethnicity representation in the U.S. population, non-Hispanic whites still experience disproportionately more preventable deaths. Non-Hispanic whites represent 61% of the population, but 70% of the preventable deaths. In contrast, Hispanic or Latinos represent 19% of the population, but suffer 12% of the preventable deaths.

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Source: National Safety Council analysis of National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) mortality data for 2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program.