According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 749 people died in New Madrid County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 13 per thousand people, compared with 10 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 152 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.6 per thousand people, compared with 2.2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 17 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of people living in New Madrid County at the time of the 2000 census was 38.0, compared with 36.9 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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