According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,951 people died in Columbia County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 10 per thousand people, compared with 11 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 404 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.1 per thousand people, compared with 2.5 per thousand statewide.
A reported 33 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 Columbia County at the time of the 2000 census was 38.8, compared with 38.5 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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