According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 5,165 people died in Smith County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 10 per thousand people, compared with 7 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 1,168 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.2 per thousand people, compared with 1.6 per thousand statewide.
A reported 163 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The county death rate from such accidents was 0.3 per thousand people, compared with 0.2 per thousand statewide.
The average age of people living in Smith County at the time of the 2000 census was 36.7, compared with 33.9 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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