According to a new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which compared the mortality rate of 136 causes of death at state and national levels, the CDC found the most common atypical ways people died in every state.
A recent issue of Time magazine discussed these statistics in an article titled, "The Surprising Ways Americans Die in all 50 States." For example, in Michigan, coronary artery disease killed 35 out of 100,000 people, while nationwide only 20 of 100,000 people die from this. Why such disparity based seemingly on where you chose to live in the U.S.?
The article says that flu mortality rate was abnormally high in colder states like Maine, Wyoming and the Dakotas, but the coldest state–Alaska–had unusually high deaths from boat and motor transportation accidents. HIV killed 35 out of 100,000 people in DC, which is more than eight times the national rate of four.
Included in the last category are thousands of deaths of unknown cause, listed by the CDC as “unspecified events of undetermined intent.” These were unusually common in six states, like Maryland with 6,588 mystery deaths.
You can take at least some of the mystery out of this by planning your estate with an experienced estate planning attorney. While it is true that none of us know exactly how the end will come, come it will. You can give some comfort to your loved ones by making sure you’ve wisely planned your estate so that when that time comes they will be cared for and that your assets will be distributed according to your wishes.
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Reference: Time (May 18, 2015) "The Surprising Ways Americans Die in all 50 States"