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2010-2012 Mortality Rate Maps By Tennessee Counties


Diseases of the heart, cancer, stroke, diabetes, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), Alzheimer’s disease, and accidents (unintentional injuries) are among the leading causes of mortality in Tennessee. The following series of maps presents 2010-2012 age-adjusted mortality rates for these diseases for Tennessee residents by county of residence. They include maps for the total population as well as by gender and race.


Age-adjusted mortality rates were calculated from the 2010-2012 Death Statistical System provided by the Tennessee Department of Health, Office of Health Statistics. Data were for Tennessee residents with underlying cause of death recorded as diseases of the heart (ICD10 codes of I00-I09, I11, I13, I20-I51), cancer (C00-C97), stroke (I60-I69), CLRD (J40-J47), diabetes (E10-E14), Alzheimer’s (G30), or unintentional injury (V01–X59, Y85–Y86). Rates were age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using the direct method. Race classifications of “white” and “African-American” refer to individuals regardless of Hispanic origin.


In some counties, mortality rates for were based on relatively small numbers of deaths, especially for African-Americans. These results should be interpreted with caution. Due to confidentiality concerns, rates were suppressed for African-Americans in counties with fewer than 100 African-American residents and non-zero rates.