According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 8,380 people died in Hidalgo County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 5 per thousand people, compared with 7 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 1,808 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 1 per thousand people, compared with 1.6 per thousand statewide.
A reported 303 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 Hidalgo County at the time of the 2000 census was 31.0, compared with 33.9 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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