According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,187 people died in Smyth County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 12 per thousand people, compared with 8 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 278 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.8 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 Smyth County at the time of the 2000 census was 44.6, compared with 36.2 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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