A State’s Average Age Could Help Indicate Its Coronavirus Mortality Rate


The United States has now reported more cases of people infected with COVID-19 than any other country.

While the national fatality rate is 1.3%, fatalities at the state level vary significantly, according to the New York Times’ tracking of COVID-19 fatalities by state. Health experts indicate underlying medical conditions and age are both contributing factors to fatality rates—and an examination of average age data by state correlates, in some cases, to the percentage of those infected within a state who are dying.

Utah is the youngest state in America with the average age of 30.5%. It has had 402 reported COVID-19 cases and only one death, giving it a 0.24% mortality rate, much lower than the national average.

Maine is the oldest state in America with an average age of 44.3. It has had 155 positive cases and zero deaths, a zero-percent mortality rate. However, it is one of the least densely populated states, which could lower the transmission of the virus, which is spread through human contact. 

Vermont is the second oldest state in America with an average age of 42.8. There have been 158 cases and 9 deaths, giving it a 5% mortality rate.

Alaska is the second youngest state in the U.S. with a median age of 33.9. It has had 59 positive cases and no deaths, a zero-percent mortality rate. It is also the least densely populated state in America.

There are currently 523,163 cases of coronavirus around the world, with 80,021 in the United States, making it the global leader of known infections, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. According to a Centers for Disease Control report, fatality rates are highest in people over 85 years (between 10% to 27%), followed by a 3% to 11% rate for people between the age of 65 and 84 years.