Mortality - Premature Death

This indicator reports Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL) before age 75 per 100,000 population for all causes of death, age-adjusted to the 2000 standard. YPLL measures premature death and is calculated by subtracting the age of death from the 75 year benchmark. This indicator is relevant because a measure of premature death can provide a unique and comprehensive look at overall health status.
Report Area Total Population,
Census 2010
Total Premature Deaths,
2011-2013 Average
Total Years of Potential Life Lost,
2011-2013 Average
Years of Potential Life Lost,
Rate per 100,000 Population
Franklin County, PA 149,618 522 8,916 5,959
Pennsylvania 12,702,379 49,414 881,358 6,943
United States 312,732,537 1,119,700 20,584,925 6,588
Note: This indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, County Health Rankings. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, National Vital Statistics System. Accessed via CDC WONDER. 2011 - 13. Source geography: County

Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

Mortality - Premature Death

Data Background

The County Health Rankings (CHR) is a data service of the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute which measures the health of nearly all counties in the nation and ranks them within states. CHR has been published for the nation's counties annually since 2010, expanding on similar work specific to Wisconsin since 2003. Rankings are compiled using county-level measures from a variety of national and state data sources. These measures are standardized and combined using scientifically-informed weights. County Health Rankings is a free public service, providing their wealth of their rankings and source data to the public for download.

For more information and to explore the original data, please visit the County Health Rankings website.

The Division of Vital Statistics is a branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) responsible for maintaining birth and death records for the nation. Data are compiled for the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) through a joint effort between the NCHS and various state and local health agencies, who are responsible for registering vital events – births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths. NVSS statistics are released annually in various data warehouses, including CDC WONDER , VitalStats, and the Health Indicator Warehouse.


Years of potential life lost (YPLL) data was acquired from the University of Wisconsin’s County Health Rankings (CHR). Potential life lost is defined by CHR as a death occurring before the age of 75. CHR uses 2008 - 2010 three year averages from the National Vital Statistic System (NVSS) as the basis for their calculation. NVSS data is compiled from state death records and maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Age-stratified NVSS data is used to calculate the total years of potential life lost to all persons under age 75, by county, using the following formula:

YPLL = [75 * (Number of Deaths Under Age 75)] - [SUM (Age at Death)]

To further illustrate, a person dying at age 50 would contribute 25 years of life lost to the YPLL index. YPLL is age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. population to allow comparison between counties and is reported as a rate per 100,000 people. For more information, please review the County Health Rankings Premature Death indicator information.


Race and Ethnicity
Statistics by race and ethnicity are not provided for this indicator from the data source. Detailed race/ethnicity data may be available at a broader geographic level, or from a local source.

Courtesy: Community Commons, <>, November 2017