Notes: Figure shows five leading causes of death. For each age group and cause, the death rates of the three states with the lowest rates during 2008−2010 (benchmark states) were averaged to produce benchmark rates. Potentially excess deaths were defined as deaths among persons aged < 80 years in excess of the number that would be expected if the age group–specific death rates of the benchmark states occurred across all states.
Nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas were identified using the Office of Management and Budget’s 2013 county-based classification scheme. (Source: Office of Management and Budget, White House. Revised delineations of metropolitan statistical areas, micropolitan statistical areas, and combined statistical areas, and guidance on uses of the delineations of these areas. Washington, DC: Office of Management and Budget; 2013. https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/bulletins/2013/b13-01.pdf)
Data Source: National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2014.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Leading Causes of Death in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Areas — United States, 1999–2014