25 Most Distinctive Causes Of Death In Each American State

Heart disease is the #1 reason for deaths in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 611,105 people died of heart disease in 2013. This is huge but this is just the national average. If you look at individual states, you will get a different picture about what’s responsible for people’s demise. But before we continue, understand that this is not a list of the most common causes of death in each state. For example, although Nevada is listed beneath the ominous sounding “legal intervention”, it does not mean that most people in Nevada are killed by police officers. It only means that Nevada is above the national average. In other words, it stands out. Since there are only 23 notable distinctions, for numbers 1 and 2 we revert to the national averages on which this list is based. These are the 25 most distinctive causes of death in each American state.

25

Tuberculosis

TuberculosisSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Texas

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that mainly affects the lungs. Although it used to be rare in developed countries it has been on the rise again in recent years.

24

Meningococcal Infection

Meningococcal InfectionSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Washington, Missouri

Meningococci are bacteria that can cause serious infections, the most common being meningitis.

23

Septicemia

SepticemiaSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): New Jersey

Septicemia is bacteria in the blood that often occurs with severe infections.

22

Syphilis

SyphilisSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Louisiana

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria that can affect both men and women.

21

HIV

HIVSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Florida, Washington D.C.

HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It kills or damages the cells of the immune system. AIDS is the most advanced stage.

20

Unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic, and related tissue

Unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic, and related tissueSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Mississippi

Basically this refers to tumors that grow in your bone marrow, white blood cells, and lymphatic system.

19

Nutrional Deficiencies

Nutrional DeficienciesSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): North Carolina, Vermont, New Hampshire, Hawaii

This relates to any diseases caused by a lack of essential nutrients in the diet (iron deficiency anaemia for example).

18

Other Acute Ischemic Heart Diseases

Other Acute Ischemic Heart DiseasesSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): South Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia

This refers to heart diseases such as cardiomyopathy and rheumatic heart disease.

17

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease

Atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseaseSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Michigan, Delaware

Also known as coronary heart disease, this is actually the leading cause of death worldwide.

16

Atherosclerosis

AtherosclerosisSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Colorado

Atherosclerosis is when an artery wall thickens as a result of the accumulation of white blood cells.

15

Influenza

InfluenzaSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Maine

Commonly known as the flu, influenza is an infectious disease that can be deadly in high risk populations.

14

Other acute lower respiratory infections

Other acute lower respiratory infectionsSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio

While acute lower respiratory infection typically refers to pneumonia, the “other” here points to things like lung abscesses or acute bronchitis.

13

Pneumoconioses and chemical effects

Pneumoconioses and chemical effectsSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky

Pneumoconioses is an occupational lung disease caused by the inhalation of dust, quite often in mines.

12

Acute and rapidly progressive nephritic and nephrotic syndrome

Acute and rapidly progressive nephritic and nephrotic syndromeSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Montana

Essentially this is a collection of disorders affecting the kidneys.

11

Other disorders of the kidney

Other disorders of the kidneySource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Illinois

Basically this will refer to disorders affecting the kidneys other than the two we just mentioned.

10

Hyperplasia of prostate

Hyperplasia of prostateSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): California

This refers to the enlargement of the prostate gland in men.

9

Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organs

Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organsSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): New York, Connecticut

Commonly called PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), this is one of the most serious complications of a sexually transmitted disease in women.

8

Symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified

Symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classifiedSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Georgia

This is the ultimate clinical catch all. Basically any medical issue that isn’t already on this list.

7

Transport accidents

Transport accidentsSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Alaska, Idaho

This can mean anything from boating and airplane accidents to car crashes.

6

Accidental discharge of firearms

Accidental discharge of firearmsSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Alabama, Tennessee

This does not include homicide and suicide.

5

Legal intervention

Legal interventionSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Oregon, Nevada

Legal intervention refers to law enforcement related deaths.

4

Discharge of firearms, undetermined intent

Discharge of firearms, undetermined intentSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): New Mexico

This can potentially encompass accidental discharge, homicide, and suicide.

3

Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent

Other and unspecified events of undetermined intentSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

State(s): Maryland, Indiana, Utah, Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Here is another catch all for both traumatic and medical injuries.

2

Cancer

CancerSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

At this point we’ve covered all 50 states. Each state is above the national average in some area but what is the leading average cause of death in the US? Since we’re on number 2, that’s what we went with. Cancer is the second leading cause of death claiming 584,881 lives every year.

1

Heart Disease

Heart DiseaseSource: cdc.gov, Image: commons.wikimedia.org

As we mentioned earlier, heart disease is the leading cause of death worldwide and the United States is no different. It kills 611,105 people every year.



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