By Maria Mercedes Galuppo, Buzz60
A person's death depends in large part on where they live. New data analysis of U.S. mortality reveals what are the causes of death in each state from 1980 to 2014. According to the analysis ... the southwestern part of the country claimed more lives to suicide and homicide.
People along the Mississippi River tend to die more of heart problems compared to the rest of the United States. Exceptionally high mortality rates from Mental and Substance Use Disorders were found in a cluster of counties in eastern Kentucky and southwestern West Virginia, as well as chronic respiratory diseases, while the lowest mortality rates from this were found in the Washington DC, the upper Midwest, southern Florida, southern Texas, and central Colorado.
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Researchers concluded that southern states are burdened with obesity and smoking which leads to high mortality from diabetes and disease. States like New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and North and South Dakota tend to consume more alcohol, which is why the research discovered there's a risk of death from chronic liver diseases.
The healthiest area seems to be northern and central Colorado, since there are less deaths from chronic diseases. The research concluded that "the approach to county-level analyses with small area models has the potential to provide novel insights into US disease, specific mortality time, trends and their differences across geographic regions."