According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 6,682 people died in Buncombe County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 11 per thousand people, compared with 9 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 1,520 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.5 per thousand people, compared with 2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 109 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The county death rate from such accidents was 0.2 per thousand people, compared with 0.2 per thousand statewide.
The average age of people living in Buncombe County at the time of the 2000 census was 39.2, compared with 36.3 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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