According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 835 people died in Polk County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 15 per thousand people, compared with 9 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 184 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 3.3 per thousand people, compared with 2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 11 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of people living in Polk County at the time of the 2000 census was 44.2, compared with 36.3 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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