Leading Causes of Death in Harris County 2016-2020

Life expectancy, mortality, and infant mortality are key indicators of the overall health of a population. Harris County Public Health (HCPH) evaluated the annual mortality burden and their contributing factors in Harris County, Texas from 2016 to 2020. Mortality and leading causes of death are used as the major measurements. COVID-19 mortality was evaluated for 2020 to include the impacts of the pandemic on death trends.

The purpose of this report is to inform stakeholders - including policy makers, local health systems, providers, Commissioners Court, County Department leadership, other key decision makers, and the community at large on the leading causes of death in Harris County. HCPH hopes this report informs and guides the work of these stakeholders to address adverse health outcomes in the community.

More specifically, the data collected can inform our community as to how we can better provide health promotion and prevention efforts, reveal the causes of premature death, highlight disparities among populations, and show what actionable efforts HCPH and other local health leaders can better support Harris County.

Harris County Death Analysis and Reports (2016-20)

Harris County Public Health recently published our findings for the leading causes of deaths in Harris County from 2016 to 2020. To access the reports and find additional information, please click on the documents listed below.

Harris County Death Analysis and Reports (2015-19)

HCPH previously published our findings for the leading causes of deaths in Harris County from 2015 to 2019. To access the reports and find additional information, please click on the documents listed below.

Leading Cause of Death Analysis for Harris County (2015-2019)