July 09, 2021
Will Janowski

Harris County Death Count

2020 was the deadliest year in Harris County in the last 11 years. The Analyst’s Office analyze data from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) on deaths in Harris County by month, year, race, ethnicity, age, and gender.

As of June 2020, data prepared by DSHS’ Center for Health Statistics show that Harris County reported 32,727 deaths in 2020, which is the greatest number of deaths for any year between 2010-2020, and a 22.7% increase from 2019. July 2020 was the deadliest month during the 11-year period analyzed with 3,824 deaths.

When adjusted for population using deaths per 100,000 residents, Harris County saw the number of deaths shift from 566 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2019 to 691 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2020, a 21.9% increase from 2019.

The impact of the past year varied greatly across different communities. For Hispanics in Harris County, deaths increased by 46.6% or 2,627 deaths from 2019 to 2020.

The chart below provides options to view data by race and ethnicity during selected years and by months. The chart does not include reference to cause of death nor are any conclusions made from the data. Read the full memo on Total Annual Deaths in Harris County here.

*Chart Instructions: Select the Timeframe to view Harris County Death Totals by Race/Ethnicity by Year and by Month. The corresponding dropdown options will allow users to select data by Race/Ethnicity and by Year or Month.