Annual Deaths In The U.S. 1933-2060

Continuing with our data series, the number of deaths each year brings the percentages into a clearer picture.

You can see that for a long stretch of time, even while the U.S. population continued to increase (by how much? Hint: a lot—stay tuned for another chart), the number of people dying each year remained relatively static. Yes, the number of annual deaths increased, but very slowly.

As a side note: the reason I’m beginning this graph in 1933 is because we don’t know the actual death numbers from before that year. It took some time for the entire U.S. to buy into the need to keep such records. As early as the 1880s a few places like Massachusetts and Washington, D.C. kept official death records, but it was a slow process to expand the “death registration area” to encompass all of the nation.

If you look at the beginning on the left and follow the line across, you can see it took almost 70 years, from 1933 to 1999, for the mortality number to increase by a million, and for 10 years after that it barely increased at all. Population growth during the period made that line seem even flatter in terms of number of funerals per capita.

While population increased, and technology made work easier, people died from a lot fewer things, and life in general got better than it had been for the entirety of recorded history, there seemed to be less death occurring around most of us, including around funeral businesses. The latter were not unaffected by this ongoing state of affairs.

Here is a graph of the mortality figures in the United States from 1933 onward, and below it are the data by year.

Deaths in the U.S., 1933-2016 actual, 2017-2060 projected.
Year Deaths
1933 1,342,106
1934 1,396,903
1935 1,392,752
1936 1,479,228
1937 1,450,427
1938 1,381,391
1939 1,387,897
1940 1,417,269
1941 1,397,642
1942 1,385,187
1943 1,459,544
1944 1,411,338
1945 1,401,719
1946 1,395,617
1947 1,445,370
1948 1,444,337
1949 1,443,607
1950 1,452,454
1951 1,482,099
1952 1,496,838
1953 1,517,541
1954 1,481,091
1955 1,528,717
1956 1,564,476
1957 1,633,128
1958 1,657,886
1959 1,656,814
1960 1,711,982
1961 1,701,522
1962 1,756,720
1963 1,813,549
1964 1,798,051
1965 1,828,136
1966 1,863,149
1967 1,851,323
1968 1,930,082
1969 1,921,990
1970 1,921,031
1971 1,927,542
1972 1,963,944
1973 1,973,003
1974 1,934,388
1975 1,892,879
1976 1,909,440
1977 1,899,597
1978 1,927,788
1979 1,913,841
1980 1,989,841
1981 1,977,981
1982 1,974,797
1983 2,019,201
1984 2,039,369
1985 2,086,440
1986 2,105,361
1987 2,123,323
1988 2,167,999
1989 2,150,466
1990 2,148,463
1991 2,169,518
1992 2,175,613
1993 2,268,553
1994 2,278,994
1995 2,312,132
1996 2,314,690
1997 2,314,245
1998 2,337,256
1999 2,391,399
2000 2,403,351
2001 2,416,425
2002 2,443,387
2003 2,448,288
2004 2,397,615
2005 2,448,017
2006 2,426,264
2007 2,423,712
2008 2,471,984
2009 2,437,163
2010 2,468,435
2011 2,515,458
2012 2,543,279
2013 2,596,993
2014 2,626,418
2015 2,712,630
2016 2,744,248
2017 2,680,555
2018 2,711,731
2019 2,743,450
2020 2,776,767
2021 2,811,467
2022 2,847,933
2023 2,886,636
2024 2,927,486
2025 2,970,879
2026 3,016,238
2027 3,064,452
2028 3,115,134
2029 3,168,287
2030 3,223,664
2031 3,280,615
2032 3,339,052
2033 3,398,679
2034 3,459,022
2035 3,519,762
2036 3,575,725
2037 3,631,096
2038 3,685,042
2039 3,737,049
2040 3,786,649
2041 3,832,743
2042 3,875,781
2043 3,915,772
2044 3,951,806
2045 3,983,946
2046 4,011,973
2047 4,037,648
2048 4,059,531
2049 4,077,143
2050 4,091,041
2051 4,101,254
2052 4,108,295
2053 4,113,022
2054 4,115,785
2055 4,117,189
2056 4,117,150
2057 4,116,638
2058 4,115,883
2059 4,115,166
2060 4,115,601

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