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Get Out of Mississippi and Move to Hawaii, CDC Sort of Says

If you're interested in leading a long life, you might want to consider moving to a state with a track record for longevity.

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals people living in certain states have significantly higher risks of mortality than those in others, The Daily Mail reports.

The CDC culled data from 98 percent of all death reports in the U.S. for 2010, and created a map comparing death rates by state per 100,000 people in the country.

Topping the list of states with the lowest death rate? Beautiful Hawaii—which recorded just 589.6 deaths per 100,000, 21 percent lower than the national average. Mississippi fared worse, with a death rate of 961.9 for 2010, which was about 30 percent higher than the country as a whole.

The findings may have important implications for public policy debates concerning poverty and access to healthcare. According to the study, people in southeastern states, where poverty is higher, were more likely to have died in 2010, while the death rate in northwestern states was on par with the national average of 765.2 deaths per 100,000.

In addition to ranking the states by death rate, the CDC also examined the causes of death by age group, which revealed people under 25 were most likely to be killed by accidents, homicide and suicide.

For those 65 and older, heart disease (27 percent), cancer (22 percent) and Alzheimer's (5 percent) were the leading causes of death.

As The Mail points out, other studies have examined the shift in what has killed people over time. According to a study recently published in New England Journal of Medicine, medical advances as well as changes in social behaviors shifted the leading cause of death in 1900 from influenza and pneumonia to heart disease in 1950.

And while heart disease remains the biggest killer in the U.S. today, it’s less fatal now. Its death rate has dropped from 355 per 100,000 in the 1950s to 192 in 2010.


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