New study identifies the distinctive cause of death in each of the 50 states
A new study based on data from the List of 133 Selected Causes of Death published by the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control data from 2001 to 2010 has produced a color coded map of the United States that identifies the “distinctive cause of death”* in each of the 50 states. A distinctive cause of death is a cause of death within a state that exceeds the national average for that particular cause of death.
According to a report today at voanews,
The flu was the most distinctive cause of death in Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In mining states like Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, lung diseases caused by inhaling certain dusts were the most distinctive causes of death.
Dying in a plane or boat accident was the most distinctive cause of death in Alaska and Idaho, while sepsis was the most distinctive cause of death in New Jersey. The most distinctive cause of death in New York and Connecticut was inflammatory diseases of pelvic organs.
Possibly the most surprising statistic comes from Nevada, New Mexico and Oregon, where deaths caused by law enforcement officers — not including legal executions — were the most distinctive cause of death in those states, meaning “death by police officer” occurred in those states at a higher rate compared to the national average.
The numbers of “distinctive” deaths vary greatly. For example, 15,000 people in Florida died of HIV, the most distinctive cause of death there. Meanwhile, there were 22 deaths from syphilis, the most distinctive cause of death in Louisiana.
Check out the distinctive cause of death in your state by consulting the map at voanews. You may be in for a big surprise.