In 2010, for the first time in forty-five years, the elderly has knocked murder off the list of the top killers in the United States. The condition that has taken the number one position of the leading cause of death in the United States is called pneumonitis, which refers to an inflammation of the lung tissue.
Last month the crime rates in the United States for 2010 dropped seven point one percent for murder between January and June of that year. Murder, as the cause of death, rates on the list of top killers in the number sixteen spot at sixteen thousand sixty-five killings.
Here is the list of the top fifteen killers in the United States that cause more than two point four million deaths in 2010.
15. Pneumonitis—17, 001 deaths
14. Parkinson’s disease—21,963 deaths
13. Hypertensive renal and essential hypertension disease—26,577 deaths
12. Cirrhosis and chronic liver disease—31,802 deaths
11. Septicemia—34,943 deaths
10. Suicide—37,793 deaths
9. Pneumonia and influenza—50.003 deaths
8. Nephrosis, nephritis, and nephritic syndrome—50,472 deaths
7. Diabetes—68,905 deaths
6. Alzheimer’s disease—83,308 deaths
5. Accidents—118,403 deaths
4. Cerebrovascular disease—129,180 deaths
3. Chronic lower respiratory diseases—137,789 deaths
2. Malignant neoplasm—573,444 deaths
And the number one killer in the United States is heart disease with 595,444 deaths each year. In 2010, the infant mortality rate fell to three point nine percent. In 2009, the infant deaths per one thousand births were at six point three nine and in 2010 it was at six point fourteen.