According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,639 people died in Wayne County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 11 per thousand people, compared with 11 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 403 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.8 per thousand people, compared with 2.5 per thousand statewide.
A reported 34 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The county death rate from such accidents was 0.2 per thousand people, compared with 0.1 per thousand statewide.
The average age of people living in Wayne County at the time of the 2000 census was 40.3, compared with 38.5 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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