According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 647 people died in Buena Vista County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 11 per thousand people, compared with 10 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 160 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2.6 per thousand people, compared with 2.2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 13 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of people living in Buena Vista County at the time of the 2000 census was 37.8, compared with 37.6 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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