Chart: The mortality rate ranking for each state, by disease
Between the lines: The death rates from pretty much every major cause — heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, suicide, sepsis, guns, infant mortality — remain highest in the South, according to updated data from the CDC.
- Rural Appalachia has higher death rates from drug overdoses. But a lot of the poorest health outcomes in the South reflect longstanding poverty, fewer health care resources and longstanding barriers to care.
Original story: Everything's deadlier in the South (4/25/19)