The Wall Street Journal: How do most Americans die? That depends on where they live

When it comes to how you’ll die, where you live matters. An analysis released Tuesday of more than three decades of death records found that what kills Americans across the U.S. differs widely by region and even by county. The study by researchers at the University of Washington is the first of its kind to examine geographic mortality patterns for a larger number of causes and account for variations in how states track deaths.

Mortality rates from cardiovascular disease are highest in areas along the southern half of the Mississippi River, while deaths from self-harm and interpersonal violence are highest in pockets of the Southwest.

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