[Ed. – Because you can never contemplate death too much. Check here for the most likely way you’ll die, given the state you live in. You may be surprised. One thing the citizens of LU Nation won’t be surprised by, however, is the complete absence from this map series of the MSM’s favorite dead horse to flog: “gun violence.” Emphasis added.]
Two months ago, I wrote about the fun and the pitfalls of viral maps, a feature that included 88 simple maps of my own creation. Since then I’ve written up a bunch of short items on some of those maps, walking through how they can both illustrate great information and hide important details. At one point, I said I was done with these. Well, I wasn’t. Here’s another, on death. Enjoy!
The data used to create the table below are from a 2008 CDC report that’s based on numbers from 2005. Ideally, we’d have more up-to-date information, but their page on mortality tables indicates that there’s nothing more recent on state-by-state causes of death.
[One map] showed the most common causes of death excluding heart disease and cancer. The reason for the exclusions was to create more geographic variation. Heart disease and cancer, the top two leading causes of deaths in every state, account for more deaths than the next eight causes of death combined.
In [the] first two maps, we still only see five causes of death: heart disease, cancer, stroke, accidents, and respiratory diseases. … I created a map in the original interactive that showed which cause (in the national top 10) affected each state at a rate most disproportionate to what one would expect based on the national rates.