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The Strangest Ways Americans Die in all 50 States

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The Strangest Ways Americans Die in all 50 States

The leading causes of death tend to be the same across the country. A majority of deaths are due to heart disease, followed by cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease. However, some causes of death affect some state residents far more than others.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released a report, “The Most Distinctive Causes of Death by State, 2001-2010,” detailing causes of death most out of proportion to national rates. In some states, the results are intuitive. In others, unusually common causes of death are much more surprising.

Based on the methodology described in “The Most Distinctive Causes of Death by State” report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the most unusual causes of death by state. We relied on data from the CDC’s epidemiology database, which stores the coded causes of death as reported to each state. These codes, referred to as ICD codes, provide a standard way for diseases, symptoms, and other health-related data to be referenced and recorded. They are used internationally for morbidity and mortality statistics, reimbursement systems, and other automated health care decisions, such as whether or not an insurance company will pay for a medical test.

These are the most unusual causes of death in each state and the District of Columbia.

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