- There were 506,790 deaths registered in England and Wales in 2013, a rise of 1.5% compared with 2012.
- Age-standardised mortality rates (ASMRs) decreased in 2013. There were 11,583 deaths per million population for males and 8,526 deaths per million population for females. Since 2003, ASMRs have fallen by 22% for men and 19% for women.
- Cancers (neoplasms) were the broad disease group (based on International Classification of Diseases (ICD) chapters) for which the largest percentage of deaths were registered in 2013, accounting for 29% of all deaths.
- The leading cause of death for males in 2013 was ischaemic heart diseases (15.4% of all male deaths). For females, the leading cause was dementia and Alzheimer’s disease (12.2% of all female deaths).
This bulletin presents the number of deaths registered in England and Wales in 2013 by age, sex and selected underlying causes of death. In addition, the 10 leading causes of death have been ranked to provide a summary for both males and females. This bulletin provides more detailed statistics than the death registration summary tables for England and Wales, which were released in July 2014.
Key Mortality Trends
There were 506,790 deaths registered in England and Wales in 2013, compared with 499,331 in 2012, a rise of 1.5%. The total number of deaths in 2013 comprised 245,585 male and 261,205 female deaths. This represents a rise of 2.2% for males and 0.8% for females, compared with 2012. This is the first time since 2008 that annual death registrations have been above half a million.
Mortality rates take into account the size and age structure of the population, which impacts on the number of deaths. Mortality rates for both males and females continued their long-term downward trend, despite the small increase in the number of deaths in 2013.