Which is the greater cause of death? Homicide or suicide?

The National Vital Statistics Report – Deaths: Final Data to 2006, which was published in April 2009 by the Center for Disease Control, has some fascinating data about death in the United States.  For example, suicide ranked # 11 while homicide ranked # 15 on the Leading Causes of Death list.  And Mississippi has the highest age-adjusted death rate in the country.  And does education matter?  Well consider that the death rate for those with no high school diploma was 2.6 times higher than those with some college or a college degree.  Here’s more:

The 15 leading causes of death in 2006 were:
Diseases of heart (heart disease)
Malignant neoplasms (cancer)
Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke)
Chronic lower respiratory diseases
Accidents (unintentional injuries)
Diabetes mellitus (diabetes)
Alzheimer’s disease
Influenza and pneumonia
Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease)
Septicemia
Intentional self-harm (suicide)
Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension)
Parkinson’s disease
Assault (homicide)

The state with the highest age-adjusted death rate in 2006 was Mississippi (961.2 per 100,000 U.S. standard population), with a rate 23.8 percent above the national average. The state with the lowest age-adjusted death rate was Hawaii (629.6 per 100,000 standard population), with a rate 18.9 percent below the national average.

For the total population, and for males and females separately, mortality is inversely associated with educational attainment; that is, the average risk of death decreases markedly with increasing educational attainment. The age-adjusted death rate for those with less than a high school diploma or equivalent was 528.8 per 100,000 U.S. standard population—  13.8 percent higher than the rate of 464.8 for those with a high school diploma or equivalent and 2.6 times the rate of 200.0 for those with some college or collegiate degree.

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