What are the leading causes of death in Wisconsin? They are similar to other states, the top 10 include suicide, chronic liver disease, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and more.

Wisconsin Department Of Health Data

The Wisconsin Department Of Health publishes the data on its website. They have statistics for mortality rates, life expectancy by sex, trends, and the leading cause of death.

The latest data we have for the top 33 causes of Death are for the year 2022.

#10 Chronic Liver Disease

Wisconsin is known for its beer and brandy old-fashioned. Wisconsin has one of the highest binge drinking rates in the United States. Maybe people in Wisconsin are just more honest with their doctors? Many diseases and infections can cause Chronic Liver Disease, including just a poor diet.

#9 Suicide

927 people died by suicide in 2022 in Wisconsin. If you have suicidal thoughts, call or text for help: 988

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#8 Diabetes

1489 Wisconsinites died from complications from diabetes. That's down year over year from 2021.

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#7 Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease was the cause of 2,359 deaths in 2022. That's almost identical to the number in 2021.


#6 Chronic lower respiratory

Chronic lower respiratory diseases include COPD, Emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. 2,707 people died in 2022 from these afflictions.

#5 Stroke

2,754 Wisconsinites died from the result of a stroke in 2022.

#4 COVID-19

While the pandemic is over, there are still people dying from the coronavirus. The number has been significantly down in recent years, but still, 2,871 people died in Wisconsin from COVID-19 in 2022.

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#3 Unintentional Injuries

What's included in "unintentional injuries?"

  • opioid overdoses
  • car accidents
  • falls

Nearly 5,000 people died from unintentional injuries in Wisconsin.

#2 Cancer

Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer. It's a close second for the leading cause of death in Wisconsin. There were 11,634 people who died from cancer in 2022.

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#1 Heart Disease

It's no surprise that heart disease remains the number one cause of death in Wisconsin. With a few exceptions, it's been the number one cause for most years. It's also the leading cause of death overall in America.

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