Social Security Bulletin, Vol. 84, No. 2

(released May 2024)

This special issue of the Social Security Bulletin features an article of exceptional scope and depth covering recent mortality patterns in the U.S. population by cause, race, ethnicity, sex, and age.

by Javier Meseguer

Differences in mortality rates by race and ethnicity affect the distribution of outcomes of Social Security program participation. This article summarizes and compares recent trends in cause-specific mortality by sex and age group among four major racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. population. Causes of death are examined both at the level of broad categories, such as neoplasms, and of specific subcategories, such as lung cancers.