According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 1,309 people died in Des Moines County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 10 per thousand people, compared with 10 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 304 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.4 per thousand people, compared with 2.2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 20 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The county death rate from such accidents was 0.2 per thousand people, compared with 0.2 per thousand statewide.
The average age of people living in Des Moines County at the time of the 2000 census was 39.3, compared with 37.6 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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