County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, A Healthier Nation, County by County

The County Health Rankings models and measures

Our Approach

The County Health Rankings model of population health

What can I do?

Action Center

Explore guides and tools for improving health

What can I learn from others?


Key findings from the last three years of County Health Rankings and other national reports.

County-by-County Blog

Project updates, commentaries, events and news about health across the nation from the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps team.

Injury deaths

Injury Deaths is the number of deaths from intentional and unintentional injuries per 100,000 population. Deaths included are those with an underlying cause of injury (ICD-10 codes *U01-*U03, V01-Y36, Y85-Y87, Y89).

Measure Tabs


Reason for Ranking

Injuries are one of the leading causes of death with unintentional injuries the 5th leading cause and intentional injuries the 10th leading cause of US mortality in 2010.[1] The leading causes of death among unintentional injuries, respectively are: motor vehicle traffic, poisoning, and falls. Among intentional injuries the leading causes of death, respectively are: suicide firearm, homicide firearm, and suicide suffocation. Unintentional injuries are a substantial contributor to premature death. Among the following age groups unintentional injuries were the leading cause of death in 2010: 1-4, 5-9, 10-14, 15-24, 25-34, 35-44.[2] Injuries account for 17% of all emergency department visits and falls account for over 1/3 of those visits.[3]

Measurement Strengths and Limitations

This measure is being used to estimate the overall risk of injury in a county. Ideally, we would include injury hospitalizations and ER visits due to injuries, but this data is not available nationwide. The overall burden of injuries is not captured by the injury mortality rate. Injuries that are not fatal have large costs due to emergency room visits and time off work.

Explore the Data