Minnesota Stroke Association

Statistics on Stroke

In the United States:

  • About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke kills about 140,000 people a year. That's about 1 of every 20 deaths. It's the number five cause of death behind diseases of the heart, cancer, accidents and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
  • On average, every four minutes someone dies of stroke.
  • About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60 percent in females.
  • The 2011 stroke death rates per 100,000 population for specific groups were 36.2 for white males, 36.2 for white females, 55.3 for black males and 47.0 for black females.
  • Americans paid about $33.6 billion in 2011 for stroke-related medical costs and disability

In Minnesota:

  • From 2012-2016, the stroke death rate was 26 percent higher in both African-Americans and Asians compared to whites. The lowest stroke death rates are in Hispanic men and women.
  • In 2016, approximately 2.5 percent of adults in Minnesota reported ever having had a stroke in their lifetime – over 100,000 people.
  • More than five percent of all deaths in Minnesota are due to stroke, making it the sixth-leading cause of death in the state.
  • In 2016, Minnesotans experienced more than 11,000 hospitalizations for acute stroke events.
  • In 2015, Minnesota was ranked 11th lowest for overall stroke mortality among states.
  • Minnesotans incurred $418 million in charges for inpatient hospitalizations due to stroke in 2013.

Information courtesy of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association and the Minnesota Department of Health