A recent study examined the causes of death in each state, and for each named those that were significantly higher than the average elsewhere. For example, researchers found:
- Accidental gun-related deaths: the rates of death due to accidental shooting were two to four times the national average in health issues in America Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
- Deaths during an interaction with the police: rates were up to 3.5 times higher in California, Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah.
- Deaths due to accidents involving machinery: rates were highest in Iowa and North Dakota.
- Suicide: Oregon, New York, Minnesota, Colorado, and New Hampshire had the highest rates.
- Bicycle-related deaths: these were most common in Florida.
- Accidental suffocation: this occurred most often in Connecticut.
Sometimes the reasons for these findings are obvious. For example, it’s understandable (though unfortunate) that agricultural states such as Iowa and North Dakota might have a higher than normal rate of death due to devices, or that bicycle deaths might be most popular in a place like Florida where the weather enables year-round biking. Others, such as the rates of suicide, are more difficult to understand.
A separate study recently evaluated the least healthy cities in the U.S. Of the top 10 unhealthiest cities (or should we say bottom 10), all were in the southern states and most were rural. Subscribers to poor health in these cities were lack of support, need of access to healthcare, unhealthy diets, and almost high rates of deaths due to injury and drug treatment.