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Death Statistics

Compiled by Wil C. Fry

Updated 2017.02.21


Do you ever wonder how many people die each year from traffic accidents? Wars? Smoking? On this page, I've listed some of the statistics I could find, and I've cited sources.

If you can think of other statistics that should be on this page, send me an email. Emails will also be welcomed that challenge/correct these stats, but only if you quote sources and provide stable links to those sources. I won't mind posting multiple numbers/sources for each category.



Total World Population:

7,373,282,000
(As of 2017.02.21)

Earth's
Human Population
Through History:

2050 AD: 9,000,000,000 *
2012 AD: 7,000,000,000
1999 AD: 6,000,000,000
1987 AD: 5,000,000,000
1974 AD: 4,000,000,000
1960 AD: 3,000,000,000
1927 AD: 2,000,000,000
1804 AD: 1,000,000,000
1750 AD: 791,000,000
0001 AD: 200,000,000
0500 BC: 100,000,000
1000 BC: 50,000,000
5000 BC: 15,000,000

(* projected)

Source: Wikipedia

Source: U.S. Census Bureau



Human Mortality Rate


According to U.S. government statistics, the human mortality rate is about 7.8. This means approximately 7.8 per 1,000 people die every year.

It can also be expressed per other units of time, thusly:

• 1.8 deaths per second
• 108 deaths per minute
• 6,480 deaths per hour
• 155,520 deaths per day
• 4,730,400 deaths per month
• 56,764,800 deaths per year


Zero

Deaths in Bowling Green Massacre

Source: Wikipedia, Washington Post, ABC News, New York Times, CNN, USA Today, NPR, BBC News, Cosmopolitan, NBC News



Zero

U.S. deaths by terrorists from “travel ban” countries, 2001-2017

Source: Verily I Say Unto Thee...


64

Police officers in U.S. killed on duty

Source: CNN

Note: two were shot by other officers

  • 2015: 41
  • 2011: 73

1,092

People killed by U.S. law enforcement, 2016

Source: The Counted


  • 169 of them were unarmed
  • By race/ethnicity: 574 white, 266 black, 183 Hispanic/Latino, 24 Native American, 24 other, 21 Asian/Pacific Islander.
  • By sex: 1,030 men, 62 women
  • By method: 1,010 gunshot, 22 Taser, 21 vehicle, 37 “in custody”, 2 other

4,515 / 2,392

U.S. soldiers killed in action since 2003

(Iraq / Afghanistan)

Source: icasualties.org



405,400

U.S. soldiers killed in World War II

(approx. 100,000 per year)

Source: Wikipedia


20 million

Military deaths (world total) in World War II

(approx. 3.3 million per year)

Source: Wikipedia

30 million

Civilian deaths (world total) in World War II

(approx. 5 million per year)

Source: Wikipedia


16,948

U.S. women killed by significant others

1999-2010

Source: AEI



11,139

U.S. men killed by significant others

1999-2010

Source: AEI


8.6 million

Military deaths (world total) in World War I

(approx. 2.2 million per year)

Source: Wikipedia

6.5 million

Civilian deaths (world total) in World War I

(approx. 1.6 million per year)

Source: Wikipedia


620,000

U.S. military deaths in the Civil War

(approx. 155,000 per year)

Source: Wikipedia



2.5 million

Casualties (all sides) in the Korean War

(approx. 6.3 million per year)

Source: Wikipedia


9.1 million

Casualties in the Vietnam War

(all sides, military and civilian, including

later suicides and Khmer Rouge massacres)

Source: Wikipedia

31,224 / 30,470

U.S. gun deaths per year

(2009 / 2010)

(two-thirds are suicides)

Source: Wikipedia


443,000

Tobacco-related U.S. deaths

per year

Source: CDC

Need new source (2017.02.20)



42,917

Americans killed by drugs

(2010)

Source: CDC


52 / 46 / 43 / 43 / 39

Convicts executed in the U.S.

(2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013)

Source: Amnesty International

1,770

Convicts executed in China in 2005

Source: USA Today


4.8 per 100,000

U.S. murder rate

Source: Wikipedia



1.23 per 100,000

U.K. murder rate

Source: Wikipedia


32,999 / 32,367

U.S. traffic fatalities

(2010 / 2011)

Source: U.S. DOT

1.2 million

Traffic fatalities each year (world total)

Source: World Health Organization


168

People killed in April 19, 1995, bombing

of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City

Source: Memorial Website



2,955

People killed in the Sept. 11, 2001,

attacks in New York City

Source: Wikipedia


4

Students killed in the May 4, 1970,

shooting at Kent State U.

Source: Wikipedia

17

People killed in the Oct. 12, 2000,

attack on the U.S.S. Cole

Source: Wikipedia


29 / 26 / 28

People killed by lightning in the U.S.

(2010 / 2011 / 2012)

Source: National Weather Service



36,000

Flu deaths in the U.S. each year

Source: CDC


230,000

People killed by the Dec. 26, 2004,

Indian Ocean tsunami

Source: Wikipedia

33

People killed in the April 16, 2007,

shooting at Virginia Tech

Source: Wikipedia


300,000

Deaths from obesity in the U.S.

(per year)

Source: U.S. Surgeon General



500+

Americans killed by police Tasers

(2001-2012)

Source: Amnesty International