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Mortality Data -- Vital Statistics NCHS' Multiple Cause of Death Data, 1959-2010

Multiple Cause-of-Death Mortality Data from the National Vital Statistics System of the National Center for Health Statistics provide mortality data by multiple cause of death for all deaths occuring within the United States. Each record in the microdata is based on information abstracted from death certificates filed in vital statistics offices of each State and District of Columbia. Causes of death were coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision 1991-1998 and the Tenth Revision 1999 on. Variables describing infant cause of death and infant age are included.

The ".zip" files can be uncompressed with software like winzip. or pkunzip. The compressed death files are 80-85 Mb, and the compression ratio is over 90%. To check your ability to uncompress these files, download the small files compress.zip. These files give an example of how to read in .zip ASCII files into SAS for UNIX without decompressing the files. To download files in Internet Explorer, right click on them and select "Save Target As...". If the pdf documents appear to be all blank pages, get the latest Acrobat Reader at www.abobe.com.

SEER provides helpful U.S. Population data for 1969 on.

By using this data you signify your agreement with NCHS' data use rules. Works referring to the datasets or codebooks should contain a citation to NCHS. Published material derived from this data should include a citation such as this at the bottom of the table: "Source: National Center for Health Statistics (span of years used)"

NBER internal users can obtain the data from a UNIX shell at /homes/data/mortality or on an NBER PC via Network Neighborhood --> NBER --> home --> data --> mortality

Updates and changes.


DATA

Note regarding the 1959-1967 data:   The chief of the NCHS mortality branch has said that while the 1959-1967 files are generally ok, they have not been rigorously verified. "Counts by selected causes and demographic groups seem to match up with VSUS, but because in some cases these files had to be reconstructed and pieced together from different sources-some were damaged or lost-we cannot at this time be certain as to their accuracy."


United States, 1959-2004 (Territories and Documentation below)
Year
Data
SAS SPSS
Stata
Pkzip .do .dct
1959 m59.zip m59.sas m59.sps m59.do m59.dct
1960 m60.zip m60.sas m60.sps m60.do m60.dct
1961 m61.zip m61.sas m61.sps m61.do m61.dct
1962 m62.zip m62.sas m62.sps m62.do m62.dct
1963 m63.zip m63.sas m63.sps m63.do m63.dct
1964 m64.zip m64.sas m64.sps m64.do m64.dct
1965 m65.zip m65.sas m65.sps m65.do m65.dct
1966 m66.zip m66.sas m66.sps m66.do m66.dct
1967 m67.zip m67.sas m67.sps m67.do m67.dct
1968 m68.zip m68.sas m68.sps m68.do m68.dct
1969 m69.zip m69.sas m69.sps m69.do m69.dct
1970 m70.zip m70.sas m70.sps m70.do m70.dct
1971 m71.zip m71.sas m71.sps m71.do m71.dct
1972 m72.zip m72.sas m72.sps m72.do m72.dct
1973 m73.zip m73.sas m73.sps m73.do m73.dct
1974 m74.zip m74.sas m74.sps m74.do m74.dct
1975 m75.zip m75.sas m75.sps m75.do m75.dct
1976 m76.zip m76.sas m76.sps m76.do m76.dct
1977 m77.zip m77.sas m77.sps m77.do m77.dct
1978 m78.zip m78.sas m78.sps m78.do m78.dct
1979 m79.zip m79.sas m79.sps m79.do m79.dct
1980 m80.zip m80.sas m80.sps m80.do m80.dct
1981 m81.zip m81.sas m81.sps m81.do m81.dct
1982 m82.zip m82.sas m82.sps m82.do m82.dct
1983 m83.zip m83.sas m83.sps m83.do m83.dct
1984 m84.zip m84.sas m84.sps m84.do m84.dct
1985 m85.zip m85.sas m85.sps m85.do m85.dct
1986 m86.zip m86.sas m86.sps m86.do m86.dct
1987 m87.zip m87.sas m87.sps m87.do m87.dct
1988 m88.zip m88.sas m88.sps m88.do m88.dct
1989 m89.zip m89.sas m89.sps m89.do m89.dct
1990 m90.zip m90.sas m90.sps m90.do m90.dct
1991 m91.zip m91.sas m91.sps m91.do m91.dct
1992 m92.zip m92.sas m92.sps m92.do m92.dct
1993 m93.zip m93.sas m93.sps m93.do m93.dct
1994 m94.zip m94.sas m94.sps m94.do m94.dct
1995 m95.zip m95.sas m95.sps m95.do m95.dct
1996 m96.zip m96.sas m96.sps m96.do m96.dct
1997 m97.zip m97.sas m97.sps m97.do m97.dct
1998 m98.zip m98.sas m98.sps m98.do m98.dct
1999 m99.zip m99.sas m99.sps m99.do m99.dct
2000 m00.zip m00.sas m00.sps m00.do m00.dct
2001 m01.zip m01.sas m01.sps m01.do m01.dct
2002 m02.zip m02.sas m02.sps m02.do m02.dct
2003 m03.zip m03.sas m03.sps m03.do m03.dct
2004 m04.zip m04.sas m04.sps m04.do m04.dct
No geographic identifiers are included in the files for 2005-on due to a restriction imposed by the States.
Information on applying for state- and county-identified data from NCHS is available.
2005 m05.zip m05.sas m05.sps m05.do m05.dct
2006 m06.zip m06.sas m06.sps m06.do m06.dct
2007 m07.zip m07.sas m07.sps m07.do m07.dct
2008 m08.zip m08.sas m08.sps m08.do m08.dct
2009 m09.zip m09.sas m09.sps m09.do m09.dct
2010 m10.zip m10.sas m10.sps m10.do m10.dct
No geographic identifiers are included in the files for 2005-on due to a restriction imposed by the States.
Information on applying for state- and county-identified data from NCHS is available.




U.S. Territories, 1994-2008
.
Death Data
SAS Code
Year Pkzip
1994 Terr94.zip Terr94.sas
1995 Terr95.zip Terr95.sas
1996 Terr96.zip
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1997 Terr97.zip
1998 Terr98.zip
1999 terr99.zip
2000 terr00.zip
2001 terr01.zip
2002 terr02.zip
2003 terr2003.zip
2004 terr2004.zip
2005 terr2005.zip
2006 terr2006.zip
2007 terr2007.zip
2008 terr2008.zip
2009 terr2009.zip
2010 terr2010.zip



DOCUMENTATION



United States & Territories Documentation, 1968-1990, 2008
1959-1967 Main Mortality documentation
Geographic Code - Final Births, Deaths, and Fetal Deaths Occurring in 1960-1961
Geographic Reference Manual Effective with 1962 data
Vital Statistics Instruction Manual
1968 68-78.pdf
Geographic Code Manual: Codes Used in Computer Processing Effective with 1970 Data
1979 79.pdf
1980 80.pdf
1981 81.pdf
1982 82.pdf
1983 83.pdf
1984 84.pdf
1985 85.pdf
1986 86.pdf
1987 87.pdf
1988 88.pdf
1989 89.pdf
1990 90.pdf
2006 2006.pdf
2007 2007.pdf
2008 2008.pdf
2009 2009.pdf
2010 2010.pdf

United States & Territories Documentation, 1991-2005
. 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
All Documenation Files Below, Pkzipped 91.zip 92.zip 93.zip 94.zip 95.zip 96.zip 97.zip 98.zip 99.zip 00.zip 01.zip 02.zip 03.zip 04.zip 05.zip
Introduction
intro95
96.pdf Intro Intro Intro Intro Intro Intro Intro Intro
Data File Characteristics dfc91 dfc92 dfc93 dfc94 dfc95 dfc97 dfc98
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Data Format and Variable Definition
format95.txt
DFVD DFVD
Multiple Cause Data Introduction
--
intromc.txt
Multiple Cause Data Entity Axis Codes
entity95.txt
Multiple Cause Data Record Axis Codes
record91.txt
Additional Information
addition.txt
List of Data Elements and Locations del91 del92 del93 del94 del95 del99 del00 del01 del02 del03 del04
Multiple Cause-of-Death Record Layout mort91 mort92 mort93 mort94 mort95
Geographic Code -- Notes on Outline
geocoden.txt
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--
Geographic Code -- Description
--
vital.txt
GDUS97
GDP97
GDUS98
GDP98
GDUS99
GDP99
GUS03
Geographic Code -- Outline for United States
geocode.txt
geocode.txt
GOUS97
GOUS02
GOUS03
Geographic Code -- Outline for Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam
--
geoterr.txt
GOP97 GOP98
GOP99
GOP03
PMSAs and MSAs as Adapted for Use by NCHS/DVS
metstata
metstata
GMUS97       GMUS03

GMP97      GMP01       GMP02
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1 put1
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2 put2
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3 put3
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4 put4
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 5 put5 put5 put5 put5 put5 put5 put5 put5 put5 put5 put5
--
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 6 put6 put6 put6 put6 put6 put6 put6 put6 put6 put6 put6
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 7 put7 put7 put7 put7 put7 put7 put7
--
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 8 put8 put8 put8 put8 put8 put8 put8
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 9 put9 put9 put9 put9 put9 put9 put9
MCOD Control Total Documentation Table 10 put10 put10 put10 put10 put10 put10 put10
MCOD Documentation Table 1
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--
tab1 tab1
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9th Revision 282 Causes-of-Death Recode Lists
282
282 282
--
9th Revision 72 Cause-of-Death Recode Lists
72
72 72
9th Revision 61 Cause-of-Death Recode Lists
61
61 61
9th Revision 52 Cause-of-Death Recode Lists
52
52 52
9th Revision 34 Cause-of-Death Recode Lists
34
34 34
10th Revision 358 Causes-of-Death Recode Lists
--
--
358 358 358
10th Revision 113 Cause-of-Death Recode Lists 113 113 113
10th Revision 130 Cause-of-Death Recode Lists 130 130 130
10th Revision 39 Cause-of-Death Recode Lists 39 39 39
Titles for Business or Industry Recodes 51
51
--
--
Titles for Business or Industry Recodes 15
15
Titles for Occupation Recodes 59
59
Titles for Occupation Recodes 9
9
1990 Business and Industry Classifications
--
industry.txt
1990 Occupation Classifications
occup.txt
Technical Appendix
(files below)
    Sources of Data
SD91 SD92 SD93 SD94 SD95 SD95
SD97
SD98
TA99
not yet available
    History
H93
    Classification of Data
CD91 CD92 CD93
    Quality of Data
QD91 QD92 QD93
    Computation of Rates and Other Measures
CR91 CR92 CR93
    References
R91 R92 R93
    Tables 7-1 to 7-4
-- T92 T93
    Additional Population Explanation
AP91 AP92 AP93 AP94 AP95
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ICD-9 Title and Cross-Reference File
--
(files below)
    Introduction to ICD-9
icd9.txt
    Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
ch01.txt
    Neoplasms
ch02.txt
    Endocrine, Nutitional, & Metabolic Diseases & Immune Disorders
ch03.txt
    Diseases of Blood and Blood-forming Organs
ch04.txt
    Mental Disorders
ch05.txt
    Diseases of the Nervous System & Sense Organs
ch06.txt
    Diseases of the Circulatory System
ch07.txt
    Diseases of the Respiratory System
ch08.txt
    Diseases of the Digestive System
ch09.txt
    Diseases of the Genitourinary System
ch10.txt
    Complications of Pregnancy, Childbirth, & the Puerperium
ch11.txt
    Diseases of the Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue
ch12.txt
    Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System and Connective Tissue
ch13.txt
    Congenital Anomalies
ch14.txt
    Certain Conditions Originating in the Prenatal Period
ch15.txt
    Symptoms, Signs, & Ill-defined Conditions
ch16.txt
    Injury and Poisoning
ch17.txt
    Supplemental Classification - External Causes - Injury & Poison
ecodes.txt
    External Causes E800-E999
EC
Instructions for Classifying Multiple Causes of Death
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IC
Content Report CR91 CR92 CR93 CR94 CR95
Report of Final Mortality Statistics
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R94 R95 R96 R97 R98 R99 R00 R01 R02 R03 R04
Standard Death Certificate
sdc89

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Last Update: May 20, 2013 Created by Jean Roth December 1, 2000

 
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