LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH
Nebraska - Selected Years            
  2004 2005 2006 2007
Rank  Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent
1 Heart Disease 25.5 Heart Disease 24.3 Heart Disease 23.1 Heart Disease 23.1
2 Cancer 22.3 Cancer 22.4 Cancer 23.0 Cancer 22.8
3 Cerebrovascular Disease 6.7 Cerebrovascular Disease 6.6 Cerebrovascular Disease 6.2 Cerebrovascular Disease 6.0
4 Chronic Lung Disease 4.8 Chronic Lung Disease 5.4 Chronic Lung Disease 5.3 Chronic Lung Disease 5.3
5 Accidents 5.1 Accidents 4.7 Accidents 4.6 Accidents 4.4
6 Alzheimer's Disease 3.1 Alzheimer's Disease 3.2 Alzheimer's Disease 3.4 Alzheimer's Disease 3.4
7 Diabetes Mellitus 2.7 Diabetes Mellitus 3.0 Diabetes Mellitus 2.9 Diabetes Mellitus 3.1
8 Pneumonia 2.3 Pneumonia 2.3 Pneumonia 2.2 Pneumonia 2.2
9 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.9 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.6 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.6 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.8
10 Suicide 1.1 Suicide 1.2 Suicide 1.3 Essential Hypertension 1.9
  All Other Causes 24.4 All Other Causes 25.2 All Other Causes 26.3 All Other Causes 26.2
  2000 2001 2002   2003  
Rank  Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent
1 Heart Disease 28.0 Heart Disease 27.3 Heart Disease 28.0 Heart Disease 25.6
2 Cancer 22.6 Cancer 22.3 Cancer 22.7 Cancer 21.6
3 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.3 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.4 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.3 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.1
4 Chronic Lung Disease 4.8 Chronic Lung Disease 4.9 Chronic Lung Disease 5.3 Chronic Lung Disease 5.1
5 Accidents 4.3 Accidents 4.2 Accidents 5.0 Accidents 4.5
6 Diabetes Mellitus 2.7 Alzheimer's Disease 2.8 Alzheimer's Disease 3.1 Alzheimer's Disease 3.0
7 Pneumonia 2.7 Diabetes Mellitus 2.6 Pneumonia 2.7 Diabetes Mellitus 2.6
8 Alzheimer's Disease 2.4 Pneumonia 1.9 Diabetes Mellitus 2.6 Pneumonia 2.6
9 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.7 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.9 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.8 Nephritis & Nephrosis 2.0
10 Intentional Self-Harm 1.3 Suicide 1.2 Suicide 1.3 Suicide 1.1
  All Other Causes 22.4 All Other Causes 23.4 All Other Causes 20.3 All Other Causes 24.9
  1996 1997 1998 1999
Rank  Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent
1 Heart Disease 32.3 Heart Disease 32.3 Heart Disease 31.2 Heart Disease 28.8
2 Cancer 21.5 Cancer 21.2 Cancer 21.6 Cancer 21.9
3 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.4 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.2 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.6 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.5
4 Accidents 4.1 Accidents 4.3 Accidents 4.4 Accidents 4.3
5 Chronic Lung Disease 3.8 Chronic Lung Disease 3.9 Chronic Lung Disease 3.9 Chronic Lung Disease 5.7
6 Pneumonia 3.6 Pneumonia 3.6 Pneumonia 3.9 Pneumonia 2.7
7 Diabetes Mellitus 2.2 Diabetes Mellitus 2.0 Diabetes Mellitus 2.2 Nutritional Deficiencies 2.7
8 Arteriosclerosis 1.4 Alzheimer's Disease 1.4 Arteriosclerosis 1.4 Diabetes Mellitus 2.4
9 Alzheimer's Disease 1.4 Arteriosclerosis 1.3 Alzheimer's Disease 1.3 Alzheimer's Disease 2.1
10 Suicide 1.2 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.2 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.2 Nephritis & Nephrosis 1.0
  All Other Causes 21.1 All Other Causes 21.4 All Other Causes 21.3 All Other Causes 20.9
  1970 1980 1990 1995
Rank  Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent Cause of Death Percent
1 Heart Disease 38.5 Heart Disease 38.0 Heart Disease 34.6 Heart Disease 33.5
2 Cancer 17.0 Cancer 20.4 Cancer 21.3 Cancer 22.1
3 Cerebrovascular Disease 9.5 Cerebrovascular Disease 10.0 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.8 Cerebrovascular Disease 7.6
4 Accidents 6.4 Accidents 5.5 Pneumonia 4.7 Pneumonia 4.2
5 Pneumonia 2.9 Pneumonia 2.9 Accidents 4.1 Accidents 3.7
6 Cerebral Hemorrhage 2.8 Arteriosclerosis 2.2 Chronic Lung Disease 2.6 Chronic Lung Disease 3.6
7 Arteriosclerosis 2.3 Chronic Lung Disease 1.9 Arteriosclerosis 1.7 Diabetes Mellitus 1.9
8 Diseases of Early Infancy 2.0 Diabetes Mellitus 1.4 Diabetes Mellitus 1.7 Arteriosclerosis 1.5
9 Diabetes Mellitus 1.9 Suicide 1.1 Suicide 1.1 Alzheimer's Disease 1.2
10 Emphysema 1.9 Certain Perinatal Conditions 1.0 Nephritis and Nephrosis 1.1 Suicide 1.2
  All Other Causes 14.8 All Other Causes 15.4 All Other Causes 19.3 All Other Causes 19.5
Source:  Nebraska Health & Human Services System, Department of Regulation and Licensure, 2007 Vital Statistics Report, 2009
Last Updated: 8/20/2009
by Nebraska Databook
email: michael.lundeen@nebraska.gov