Death rate in Taiwan lower among married people: MOI

Taipei--Taiwan's crude death rate stood at 7.3 per 1,000 population in 2016, but was relatively lower among older married people, according to government statistics released Saturday.

The number of deaths in Taiwan last year was 172,829 people, an increase of 9,007 from the previous year, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said.

The crude death rate among men was 8.8 per 1,000 population, and among women 5.9 per 1,000 population, the ministry said.

In a breakdown of the statistics by age and marital status, the ministry said the death rate was highest among single people over the age of 44 and lowest in the category of married people across all age groups.

In the 30-44 age group, the highest death rate was among divorcees, at 3.24 per 1,000 population, the data showed.

Meanwhile, in the 15-29 age group the highest death rate was among people who were widowed, at 1.74 per 1,000, according to the statistics.

In the 45-59, 60-74, and over 74 age groups, the highest death rate was among singles, at 7.89, 19.45 and 101.5 per 1,000 population, respectively, according to the ministry.

Among people over the age of 15, widows and widowers accounted for the highest death rate of 44.39 per 1,000 population, followed by divorcees with a rate of 9.51, married people 7.82, and singles 2.38, the ministry said.

It said 72,807 (42.13 percent) of the total number of deaths last year were people between 75 and 89 years old, 41,517 (24.02 percent) between 60 and 74, and 25,476 (14.74 percent) between 45 and 59, with diseases such as cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and liver diseases being the main causes, the MOI said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel