Winter Weather Health Statistics

In the United States:

  • 6,660 people died from hypothermia or exposure to cold from 2006 to 2010, an average of 1,320 deaths a year.1

In New York City:

  • An average of 15 cold-related deaths, 150 emergency department visits, and 255 hospital admissions occur each year during the cold season (October through April). 
  • From 2009-2012, about 70% of cold-related deaths occurred after exposure to cold outdoors including on subway stations or platforms. 2
  • Among cold-related hospital admissions from 2005-2013:
    • About 60% were male
    • About 40% were aged 65 years or older
    • At least 25% were homeless, although this may be an underestimate because information on homelessness is not always available in hospital records
    • About 4% were children aged 0-17 

Please visit the interactive NYC Environment and Health Data Portal for more information on cold-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits in New York City.

1Berko et al. Deaths Attributed to Heat, Cold, and Other Weather Events in the United States, 2006–2010 
2Where data available on place of injury