Number of the Day: 815.6

March 2, 2011 | Number of The Day

In general, foreign-born New Jersey residents are healthier than those born here, though the difference begins to balance out the longer one lives in New Jersey. That’s the takeaway from a study released Tuesday by the state Department of Health entitled The Health of the New Jerseyans: A Resource Guide.

Of the 10 leading causes of death, there were 815.6 deaths per 100,000 for U.S.-born New Jeseyans between 2004 and 2006, while there were only 617 deaths per 100,000 in the foreign-born population.

Breaking these statistics down by race, the disparity was greatest in the black community, with a 1,096.3 death rate for U.S. born vs. 595.2. Foreign-born Hispanics also had a significantly lower death rate than U.S. born, with 363.4 (foreign) vs. 689.2 (U.S.) Foreign-born whites actually had a higher death rate than U.S. born (790.6 vs. 783.6) and Asians had a significant disparity between the death rates of U.S. born (331.2) vs. foreign-born (417.6).

The greatest disparities could be seen in the death rates caused by heart disease and cancer, which were significantly higher for both blacks and Hispanics born in the United States than for their foreign counterparts. The death rates for heart disease for both whites and Asian natives were lower than their foreign-born counterparts, but they were relatively close. Conversely, the cancer rates for U.S.-born whites and Asians were higher for both races, but they too were relatively close.