Release: Age-Adjusted Premature Death Rate
Age-adjusted death rates are weighted averages of the age-specific death rates, where the weights represent a fixed population by age. They are used to compare relative mortality risk among groups and over time. An age-adjusted rate represents the rate that would have existed had the age-specific rates of the particular year prevailed in a population whose age distribution was the same as that of the fixed population. Age-adjusted rates should be viewed as relative indexes rather than as direct or actual measures of mortality risk. However, you can select other standard populations, or select specific population criteria to determine the age distribution ratios.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Age-Adjusted Premature Death Rate for Middlesex County, MA [CDC20N2UAA025017], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/CDC20N2UAA025017, May 24, 2018.