How You Might Die Based On Which State You Live In, Because You May As Well Start Preparing Now

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a fascinating report that detailed the most distinctive causes of death for each state in the United States from 2001 to 2010. Similarly, Slate published a set of maps in 2014 that detail various causes of death state by state, pulled from CDC data from 2008. Not to be confused with the most common or most unique cause of death, most distinctive means the cause of death in the state that's the most disproportionate to the national average.

In general, Americans are most likely to die from heart disease or cancer, according to the CDC. There are 42 states where the most deaths are caused by heart disease, and the remaining eight are most affected by cancer. So, why do you need to know the most distinctive cause if it's not necessarily the most common?

The value of the CDC's most distinctive report lies primarily in the revelation of which disease or type of disease is killing a disproportionate number of people in each state. Distinctive diseases don't necessarily reveal how a person in each state is most likely to die, but it does reveal significant outliers and how a person's immediate environment can impact his or her health. For its study, the CDC noted the number of individuals who died from the state's most distinctive cause of death ranged anywhere "from 15,000 deaths from HIV in Florida to 679 deaths from tuberculosis in Texas to 22 deaths from syphilis in Louisiana."

So without further ado, let's take a look at what you might die from compared to Americans living in other states. First, I'll list the most distinctive cause of death from the top 10 most common causes in that state. Second, I'll say the most distinctive cause of death out of any possibilities, based on the CDC's May report.

Alabama

From the top 10: Septicemia (Septicemia is also called blood poisoning and can lead to sepsis if it is not treated)

Overall: Accidental discharge of firearms

Alaska

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: Transit accidents, including water, air, space, and other modes of transportation

Arizona

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: Discharge of firearms with "undetermined intent"

Arkansas

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Discharge of firearms with "undetermined intent"

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California

From the top 10: Influenza and pneumonia

Overall: Hyperplasia of the prostate (Hyperplasia means enlargement, and it's often an early stage of cancer)

Colorado

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Atherosclerosis (a disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries that can lead to heart attack or stroke)

Connecticut

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Inflammatory diseases of the female pelvic organs

Delaware

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Heart diseases caused by atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases

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Florida

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: HIV

Georgia

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Symptoms, diseases, and other abnormal lab results that were "not otherwise specified"

Hawaii

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Nutritional deficiencies

Idaho

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Transit accidents, including water, air, space, and other modes of transportation

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Illinois

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Diseases of the kidneys

Indiana

From the top 10: Kidney diseases

Overall: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent

Iowa

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

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Kansas

From the top 10: Respiratory diseases

Overall: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

Kentucky

From the top 10: Kidney diseases

Overall: Pneumoconioses and chemical effects (Pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling large quantities of dust. It is also referred to as black lung disease)

Louisiana

From the top 10: Kidney diseases

Overall: Syphilis (Louisiana's situation is notable, as there were only 22 HIV deaths during the range of time the CDC analyzed data. While the number of individual deaths is low, it remains a distinctive number as it is still disproportionately higher than other diseases in the state)

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Maine

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Influenza

Maryland

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent

Massachusetts

From the top 10: Kidney diseases

Overall: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent

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Michigan

From the top 10: Heart disease

Overall: Atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases

Minnesota

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

Mississippi

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Other and unspecified malignant neoplasms of lymphoid, hematopoietic and related tissue, which refers to tumors in the lymphnodes and parts of the body that create blood cells

Missouri

From the top 10: Kidney diseases

Overall: Meningococcal infections (these diseases affect the spinal cord and brain (e.g. meningitis) and can also refer to some blood stream infections)

Montana

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: Acute and rapidly progressing nephritic and nephrotic syndromes (Nephritic syndrome is an extreme loss of blood, and nephrotic syndrome is the excessive loss of protein through urine, which makes urine "frothy")

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Nebraska

From the top 10: Respiratory diseases

Overall: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

Nevada

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Legal intervention (the CDC defines this as "physical or other force used by police or other law-enforcing agents, including military on duty, in the course of arresting or attempting to arrest lawbreakers, suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, and other legal action. Includes legal execution and excludes citizen arrest")

New Hampshire

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Other nutritional deficiencies

New Jersey

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Septicemia

New Mexico

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: Legal intervention.

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New York

From the top 10: Influenza and pneumonia

Overall: Inflammatory disease of the female pelvic organs

North Carolina

From the top 10: Kidney diseases

Overall: Other nutritional deficiencies

North Dakota

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Influenza

Ohio

From the top 10: Diabetes

Overall: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections

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Oklahoma

From the top 10: Respiratory diseases

Overall: Other acute ischemic heart diseases (Ischemic heart disease is also known as coronary artery disease, which is when there is a hardening of the heart's arteries)

Oregon

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Legal intervention (as a reminder, the CDC defines this as "physical or other force used by police or other law-enforcing agents, including military on duty, in the course of arresting or attempting to arrest lawbreakers, suppressing disturbances, maintaining order, and other legal action")

Pennsylvania

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Pneumoconioses and chemical effects (Pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling large quantities of dust. It is also referred to as black lung disease)

Rhode Island

From the top 10: Heart disease

Overall: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent

South Carolina

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Other acute ischemic heart diseases

South Dakota

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: Influenza

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Tennessee

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Accidental discharge of firearms

Texas

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Tuberculosis

Utah

From the top 10: Diabetes

Overall: Other and unspecified events of undetermined intent

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Vermont

From the top 10: Respiratory disease

Overall: Other nutritional deficiencies

Virginia

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: Other acute ischemic heart diseases

Washington State

From the top 10: Alzheimer's

Overall: Meningococcal infections

Washington, D.C.

From the top 10: Septicemia

Overall: HIV

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West Virginia

From the top 10: Kidney diseases

Overall: Pneumoconioses and chemical effects (Pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling large quantities of dust. It is also referred to as black lung disease)

Wisconsin

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: Other and unspecified acute lower respiratory infections.

Wyoming

From the top 10: Accidents

Overall: Influenza

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