White women are dying faster all over America — but what about where you live?
Across the country, middle-aged white women are dying at staggeringly higher rates, particularly from drug overdoses, suicides and excessive drinking.
[Helpful alone, deadly together]
The trend is most powerful in rural areas and smaller cities, where middle-aged white men are also dying more. In contrast, middle-aged African Americans, Hispanics and whites in the largest cities are dying less often, The Washington Post found in an investigation.
See how your county has been affected by these trends, or select a county from the dropdown below to begin exploring.
the death rate for middle-aged white women has since 1999.
Here are the trends for men and women in area compared with state and national patterns. Changes are measured from the start of the century to the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Change in death rates for white women in since 1999
In , , the death rate for middle-aged white women has . The current rate of deaths per 100,000 people is in the of the state and the of the nation. This means that death rates in county counties in and counties nationally.
In Washington, D.C., the death rate for middle-aged white women has . The current rate of deaths per 100,000 people is in the of rates in and the of the nation. This means that death rates in county counties in the region and counties nationally.
Death rates in
Note: To avoid calculations based on one-year spikes, the starting rate is for 1999 through 2001, and the ending rate is for 2012 through 2014, with all rates showing deaths per 100,000 people.
The CDC classifies as , which places it among the counties in where the death rate for middle-aged white women has .
The trend for white women in county national shifts in death rates.
The rural-urban divide in
The size of each circle represents the death rate for middle-aged white women in that county.
A high-percent increase in death rate doesn’t necessarily mean a county has a high death rate (or vice versa), but in most states, the counties that have seen the largest increases will also have among the highest rates.
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