According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,238 people died in McDowell County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 15 per thousand people, compared with 12 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 256 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 3.1 per thousand people, compared with 2.7 per thousand statewide.
A reported 25 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 McDowell County at the time of the 2000 census was 40.5, compared with 39.0 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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