25 Most Likely Ways You Will Die

While it will happen to everyone, no one wants to think about the ways they will die. Thanks to the magic of statistics, we bring you the expected and unexpected most common ways to die. The data on what you can die from comes to us from several sources, but primarily the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Safety Council, and the World Health Organization (WHO). So sit back, relax, and enjoy the morbid knowledge of the 25 Most Likely Ways You Will Die!

Fireworks Discharge (1-in-615,488)

multicolored fireworks

Every year in the United States, almost 10,000 people are admitted to hospital emergency rooms for fireworks-related injuries with most of these (roughly 60%) occurring around July 4th.


Tsunami (1-in-500,000)

large cresting wave

Although tsunamis don’t happen too often, when they do, they can take hundreds of thousands of lives. It can be hard to gauge the exact effect of a tsunami, however, because they often occur at the same time as an earthquake (#21). Also, your level of risk will obviously vary depending upon how close to the coast you are.


Asteroid Impact (1-in-500,000)

Large Asteroid hitting Earth

This is an interesting one that, for obvious reasons, is hard to estimate. In recent years, however, your chances of being killed by an asteroid have improved from 1/20,000 to 1/500,000 in some cases. This is primarily due to the fact that most large asteroids on near Earth collision courses have now been identified and labeled as non-threats.


Dog Attack (1-in-147,717)

Barking German Shepard

Ironically, if you are going to be killed by a non-human mammal, then it will most likely be man’s best friend. It has been estimated that about 2% of people in the United States are bitten every year with around 20 deaths as a result.


Earthquake (1-in-131,890)

demolished building following earthquake

Once again, depending on where you live, your risk of dying in an earthquake will differ. While earthquakes are rated as more deadly than tsunamis, this is only because tsunamis are many times caused by seismic activity.

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