According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 902 people died in McDonough County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 9 per thousand people, compared with 9 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 223 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.3 per thousand people, compared with 2.1 per thousand statewide.
A reported 8 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of people living in McDonough County at the time of the 2000 census was 38.2, compared with 35.8 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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