According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,285 people died in Harlan 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, 280 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.8 per thousand people, compared with 2.3 per thousand statewide.
A reported 31 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 Harlan County at the time of the 2000 census was 37.9, compared with 36.7 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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