Heart Disease as well as Cancer is the most common things killing people in the United States, but a new map of the country shows what is killing Americans in individual states. Using statistics from between 2001 and 2010, the map indicates the most distinctive causes of death, but that does not necessarily mean what kills people the most. A distinctive cause is when the rate becomes higher that what the national average is. The map is a conversational starter and highlights some unusual situations that are taking place, said one of the co-authors.
The most distinctive cause of death was the flu in Maine, North and South Dakota and Wyoming. States that are known for mining such as West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Kentucky, had lung diseases that are caused by the inhaling of specific dusts as their most distinctive cause of death.