Death rates dive in California
April 4, 2013
A state agency has concluded that Californians are healthier and dying at a slower rate than people in other states. The bad news is that fatalities in the Golden State due to Alzheimer’s, chronic liver disease, and suicide are up.
Recently released statistical data from the state Department of Public Health covering the past three years shows that wealthier regions in Marin County and coastal Southern California have the lowest rates, and impoverished Lake County, like other rural areas, the highest.
The correlation between economic and physical health was pervasive in the report.
Each year, on average, 234,637 people die in California.
The lowest cancer death rate was discovered in remote Inyo County, the highest in equally remote Trinity County.
Diabetes deaths were fewer in Marin County, more in San Bernardino. Stanislaus, Kern and San Bernardino reported the highest rate of heart disease related deaths.