According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 13,396 people died in Luzerne County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 14 per thousand people, compared with 11 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 3,006 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 3.1 per thousand people, compared with 2.5 per thousand statewide.
A reported 116 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The county death rate from such accidents was 0.1 per thousand people, compared with 0.1 per thousand statewide.
The average age of people living in Luzerne County at the time of the 2000 census was 41.4, compared with 38.5 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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