According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 690 people died in Whitman County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 6 per thousand people, compared with 7 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 154 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 1.3 per thousand people, compared with 1.9 per thousand statewide.
A reported 17 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of people living in Whitman County at the time of the 2000 census was 32.5, compared with 35.9 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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