(WVUE) - Heart disease and cancer are two of the most common causes of death in the United States. However, new data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention breaks down the most "distinctive" cause of death by state.
A map released by the CDC shows the causes of death that are distinctive to each state. The map presents data from 2001-2010, detailing the causes of death within each state that were statistically more significant than the national average. The information was pulled from the CDC's "Underlying Cause of Death" file. The map is designed to give a more nuanced view of death in the country.
In short, the map shows which state has a disproportionately high number of deaths compared to the national average.
To create the list, researchers took a list of 136 major causes of death. After estimating the death from each cause in all 50 states, researchers divided that number by the death rate in the United States as a whole. The result was 23 different "distinctive" causes.
Some of the key findings are as follows:
Florida has the highest rate of HIV-caused deaths (15,000) in the studied period.
678 died of tuberculosis in Texas (2001-10).
Although only 22 deaths were caused by syphilis in Louisiana, it is the most distinctive in the state.
Alaska and Idaho had an unusually high number of deaths caused by air and water accidents.
West Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania saw a high number of deaths caused by pneumoconiosis – or black lung disease.
Montana had the least amount of distinctive deaths (11) caused by progressive nephritic and nephrotic syndrome, or kidney disorders.
Oregon, Nevada and New Mexico had unusually high numbers of deaths caused by "legal intervention," or deaths due to law enforcement actions.
To view the full study from the CDC, click here.