PUBLISHED: 16:50 EST, 1 August 2012 | UPDATED: 18:05 EST, 1 August 2012
Ever fancied a trip to Hawaii? Well, now might be the time – before it runs out.
An incredible chart shows the likelihood of dying depending on the state in which you live, with the residents of Mississippi facing the worst outlook while those in Hawaii face the best.
The diagram has been compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from data gathered from 98 per cent of the medical files for all deaths across the U.S. in 2010.
It reveals how different states experience different risks of mortality, listing the number of people who passed away in the state for every 100,000 people in the country.
Hawaii noted the lowest at 589.6 deaths per 100,000 of the population, a staggering 21 per cent lower than the average for the entire country – 765.2.
Mississippi had the highest death rate over the year at 961.9, which is nearly 30 per cent higher than the average rate for the U.S.
Looking at the states in more general terms also makes for an interesting consideration, and raises questions about quality of life depending on which region you live in.
The southeast – where poverty rates are higher so insurance less affordable – suffers a greater percentage of deaths, while the northwestern states are more comparable with the overall U.S. rate.
After statistic offices released the death data at the end of 2010, the CDC processed it by November 2011 and finally released it this month as one of several intriguing life expectancy charts.
Another one of the charts breaks down a person’s likely cause of death based on their age, showing, interestingly, how murder is the second biggest threat to people under 25.
Startlingly, for that youngest category, the top three causes of death are, in order: accidents, homicide and suicide. Together, these three categories cause 63 per cent of all deaths.
It compares to the high likelihood of dying as a result of disease when you are 65 or older, such as heart disease (27 per cent of all deaths), cancer (22 per cent) or Alzheimer’s (5 per cent).
The chart shows the increasing likelihood of cancer claiming a life and how it ravages the population from an early age; for those under 25, there is a seven per cent chance of dying from the disease.
Across the whole year and all age brackets, the major causes of death were heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, stroke and accidents.
They accounted for 63 per cent of all 2,465,936 deaths in the United States that year.
Another recent study by the New England Journal of Medicine shows how the causes of death have shifted over the past 100 years, with human factors like population growth, changing social mores and sexual behavior, migration, war and intravenous drug use.
In 1900, the leading cause of death was influenza and pneumonia – which peaked in 1918 when as many as 130 million people around the world died in a pandemic.
However as medicine improved, the top cause of death was replaced by heart disease by 1950.
In 2010 America’s biggest killer was still heart disease – however levels had dropped from 355 per 100,000 people in the mid-20th century to 192.
Cancer – which was not in the top five causes of death in 1900 is now America’s second biggest killer, claiming 185 deaths per 100,000 people.
However this may also be because other diseases were even more prevalent 110 years ago.
It is hoped that the study will help shape health care policy in the future as doctors and lawmakers adapt to see how to save more lives and prolong them.