The most distinctive cause of death in every US state

Getty ImagesPelvic inflammatory disease can be deadly.

From 2001 to 2010, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention tracked causes of death in every US state.

But instead of simply presenting us with the main cause of death by state (generally heart disease or cancer), the CDC made a list of the most “distinctive” cause of death in each state, relative to its national average. In a statement about the results, the CDC said it was “to present a more nuanced view of mortality variation within the United States than what can be seen by using only the 10 most common causes of death.”

The results, published in 2015 (their most recent study), detail the causes of death in each state that are more frequent than the national average.

Keep scrolling to see your state.


ALABAMA: Accidental discharge of firearms

Number of deaths: 348**These numbers reflect deaths that occurred during the duration of the study, between 2001 and 2010.


ALASKA: Water, air, and space, and other unspecified transport accidents and their (a consequence of a previous disease or injury)

Denis Dryashkin/ShutterstockA shipwreck.

Number of deaths: 270


ARIZONA: Discharge of firearms, undetermined intent

Number of deaths: 147


ARKANSAS: Discharge of firearms, undetermined intent

Number of deaths: 73


CALIFORNIA: Hyperplasia of prostate (prostate gland enlargement)

David Ramos/Stringer/Getty ImagesEarly detection of prostate cancer is key.

Number of deaths: 937


COLORADO: Atherosclerosis (when arteries become narrowed and hardened due to a buildup of plaque)

Npatchett/Wikimedia CommonsLate complications of atherosclerosis.

Number of deaths: 3,457


CONNECTICUT: Inflammatory diseases of pelvic female organs

Getty ImagesPelvic pain.

Number of deaths: 19


DELAWARE: Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (the hardening and narrowing of arteries)

Wikimedia Commons.The coronary angiogram of a woman.

Number of deaths: 3,299


FLORIDA: Human immunodeficiency virus

Spencer Platt / Getty ImagesAn HIV/AIDS test.

Number of deaths: 15,563


GEORGIA: Symptoms, signs, and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings

Number of deaths: 18,434


HAWAII: Nutritional deficiencies

Ekaterina_Minaeva/Wikimedia CommonsNutrition facts.

Number of deaths: 26


IDAHO: Water, air, and space, and other unspecified transport accidents and their (a consequence of a previous disease or injury)

Richard Whitcombe/ShutterstockA plane crash.

Number of deaths: 207


ILLINOIS: Disorders of the kidney

Number of deaths: 12


INDIANA: Unspecified events of undetermined intent and their sequelae (a consequence of a previous disease or injury)

a katz/ShutterstockAn investigation.

Number of deaths: 1,717


IOWA: Unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

James Heilman, MD/Wikimedia CommonsAn X-ray of a child with RSV showing the typical bilateral perihilar fullness of bronchiolitis.

Number of deaths: 26


KANSAS: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

Yale Rosen/Wikimedia CommonsAcute bronchiolitis.

Number of deaths: 46


KENTUCKY: Pneumoconioses and chemical effects

Number of deaths: 449


LOUISIANA: Syphilis

Number of deaths: 22


MAINE: Influenza

Getty ImagesFlu shot.

Number of deaths: 154


MARYLAND: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent and their sequelae (a consequence of a previous disease or injury)

Photographee.eu/ShutterstockAn investigation.

Number of deaths: 6,588


MASSACHUSETTS: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent and their sequelae (a consequence of a previous disease or injury)

sonnee101/ShutterstockA cemetery.

Number of deaths: 3,077


MICHIGAN: Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described

Wikimedia CommonsMicrophotography of an arterial wall with calcified (violet colour) atherosclerotic plaque.

Number of deaths: 37,292


MINNESOTA: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

CDCCoronaviruses are a group of viruses that have a halo, or crown-like (corona) appearance when viewed under an electron microscope.

Number of deaths: 28


MISSISSIPPI: Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue

Nephron/Wikimedia CommonsMicrograph of a plasmacytoma.

Number of deaths: 18


MISSOURI: Meningococcal infection

Number of deaths: 31


MONTANA: Acute and rapidly progressive nephritic and nephrotic syndrome

Bobjgalindo/Wikimedia CommonsHematuria, one of the symptoms of nephritic syndrome.

Number of deaths: 11


NEBRASKA: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

Number of deaths: 32


NEVADA: Legal intervention

a katz/ShutterstockAn investigation.

Number of deaths: 82


NEW HAMPSHIRE: Nutritional deficiencies

ShutterstockA green smoothie.

Number of deaths: 14


NEW JERSEY: Septicemia (blood poisoning by bacteria)

Number of deaths: 18,353


NEW MEXICO: Legal intervention

Number of deaths: 77


NEW YORK: Inflammatory diseases of female pelvic organs

Nephron/Wikimedia CommonsPelvic inflammatory disease.

Number of deaths: 97


NORTH CAROLINA: Nutritional deficiencies

ShutterstockMalnutrition.

Number of deaths: 103


NORTH DAKOTA: Influenza

Number of deaths: 83


OHIO: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

Number of deaths: 73


OKLAHOMA: Other acute ischemic heart diseases

Number of deaths: 8,623


OREGON: Legal intervention

Number of deaths: 110


PENNSYLVANIA: Pneumoconioses and chemical effects (a disease of the lungs due to inhalation of dust, characterised by inflammation, coughing, and fibrosis)

Number of deaths: 1,470


RHODE ISLAND: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent and their sequelae (a consequence of a previous disease or injury)

SilverEdge/ShutterstockA grave marked with flowers.

Number of deaths: 589


SOUTH CAROLINA: Other acute ischemic heart diseases

Blausen.com staff/Wikimedia CommonsCoronary artery disease.

Number of deaths: 2,094


SOUTH DAKOTA: Influenza

Number of deaths: 141


TENNESSEE: Accidental discharge of firearms

Number of deaths: 336


TEXAS: Tuberculosis

CDCTuberculosis bacteria.

Number of deaths: 679


UTAH: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent and their sequelae (a consequence of a previous disease or injury)

Angelkoch/ShutterstockFlowers in a graveyard.

Number of deaths: 2,380


VERMONT: Other nutritional deficiencies

Number of deaths: 16


VIRGINIA: Other acute ischemic heart diseases

Nephron/Wikimedia CommonsA coronary artery with coronary artery disease.

Number of deaths: 5,136


WASHINGTON: Meningococcal infection

Manu5/Wikimedia CommonsStreptococcus pneumoniae bacteria causes meningitis.

Number of deaths: 47


WEST VIRGINIA: Pneumoconioses and chemical effects

Nephron/Wikimedia CommonsA high magnification micrograph of asbestosis of the lung.

Number of deaths: 882


WISCONSIN: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

Number of deaths: 26


WYOMING: Influenza

Getty / David GreedyFlu shot.

Number of deaths: 49

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