Years of Potential Life Lost (YPLL)
The years of potential life lost (YPLL) calculation estimates the number of life years lost to premature deaths. Similar to life expectancy, YPLL is a good measure of the overall health of an area. Like most federal and state agencies, Missouri uses age 75 as the benchmark for YPLL calculations. Unlike many other health statistics, YPLL places additional emphasis on deaths of younger residents. For example, at an individual level, a resident who dies at the age of 52 would be given a YPLL weight of 23 (75-52), but a resident who dies at the age of 10 would be given a YPLL weight of 65 (75-10).
The files available on this website provide YPLL totals and rates per 100,000 residents for Missouri, its 115 counties (114 counties plus the City of St. Louis, which is an independent city), Independence, Joplin, Kansas City, and Eastern Jackson County.
The YPLL statistics provided on this website were calculated using data available in the Death MICA and the Population MICA as of March 27, 2014. These resources report aggregated totals rather than individual records. As a result, the YPLL totals and rates provided here will differ somewhat from totals and rates generated from the use of individual records.