Child Loss Statistics: Gender

How does child loss impact the two different genders? Explore the data below to learn which gender has the highest death rate, which gender has a different death rate by age, what are the leading causes of death by gender and more.

Which Gender Makes Up the Largest Percent of Deaths?

Boys make up a larger proportion of child deaths compared to girls.

What Percent of Deaths Do Each Gender Have by Year?

Boys consistently make up more than 60% of total deaths, as no significant changes occur since 1999.

What Percent of Deaths Do Each Gender Have by Age?

Boys make up a larger percentage of total deaths, consistently hovering around 57% until they become teenagers, at which time they begin to make up the larger majority of deaths.

What is the Death Rate for each Gender by Age Group?

Boys have a higher Death Rate in every age group, being particularly higher in the less than one year and 16-20 years old age groups.

What is the Death Rate for Each Gender by Specific Age?

After the first year of life, the Death Rate decreases for both genders; however, the Death Rate for boys begins to increase around 14 and 15 years old.

How Does the Death Rate by Gender Trend Over Time?

Boys and girls experience a decrease in Death Rate since 1999, but both genders see an increase in 2015 and 2016.

What Are the Top Causes of Death by Gender?

Although boys have more deaths than girls, the causes by the number of deaths follow nearly the same order. The major exception occurs in the top 2 spots, where boys have “External causes of morbidity and mortality” as the number one cause; this number is significantly more than the second cause (perinatal) compared to girls and is more than two times greater than the number of “morbidity and mortality” deaths for girls.

Gender Summary Table

This table is offers additional details on deaths by gender and age. This data represents all deaths and their respective age’s population from 1999 through 2019.

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Data Background

Data from CDC 1999 through 2019. Ages <1 Year through 20 Years Old. wonder.cdc.gov/deaths-by-underlying-cause.html
The “Death Rate” is calculated by dividing the number of deaths by the population.
The “% of Total Deaths” is calculated by dividing the deaths for that specific age by the deaths for all ages.