According to the World Health Organization, 56 million people die each year, which is an average of about 153,424 people each day. The exact number of people who die each day, however, fluctuates.
Noncommunicable diseases, which are diseases that are not contagious, are the number one killer of people around the world. They are believed to be responsible for approximately 68 percent of all deaths each year. Of the noncommunicable diseases, cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the world. Approximately three out of every 10 people who die each year die as a result of cardiovascular diseases. After cardiovascular disease, strokes are the leading cause of death, followed by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Citizens of countries with the highest incomes are the least likely to die from communicable, or contagious, disease.
People live longer in countries with high incomes, with 70 percent of deaths occurring in people 70 and older in these areas. By contrast, in low-income countries, 40 percent of all deaths occur in children 15 and younger, with the primary cause of death being complications that arise during childbirth. Globally, however, deaths related to childbirth have decreased over the past decade. Still, of the more than 153,000 deaths each day, 800 are related to childbirth.