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(All statistics are adjusted for age and gender)

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2001 Data

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Deaths Occurring at Home 2001
2001 - US Average 23.4

Substantial variation can be seen between states in the proportion of people who died at home in 2001. A first glance at this map shows a clustering of states in the western part of the country with high rates of at home death, and lower rates through the upper Midwest and eastern states. Alaska, Oregon, and Utah all showed proportions of home death well above 30%. The lowest proportion was found in D.C., which showed a home death rate of only 12%. Other notably low states are Rhode Island, Maryland, and South Dakota.

Deaths Occurring in a Hospital 2001
2001 - US Average 49.5

Overall, nearly 50 % of Americans who died from chronic illnesses in 2001 died in hospital, but as can be seen in the above map, this varied greatly across states, with the highest concentration of hospital deaths in the southeast. The most noticeable trend is increasing rates of hospital death from the west to the east. The highest proportion of hospital deaths was found in D.C. at 64.6%. Other high in-hospital death states were Hawaii, Louisiana, New York, and Mississippi, each of which neared 60%. On the other end of the spectrum, Oregon showed the lowest proportion of in hospital deaths at 33.3%, followed by Idaho and Washington.

Deaths Occurring in a Nursing Home 2001
2001 - US Average 23.2

As with hospital and home deaths, the above map shows substantial variation between states in the proportion of persons who died in nursing homes in 2001. States with the highest proportions are clustered in the upper Midwest, while states with the lowest proportions appear to cluster in the south and southeast. The rest of the country shows a pattern of decreasing nursing home deaths from west to east. Hawaii showed the absolute smallest proportion of nursing home deaths at 11%, followed by Louisiana and Mississippi. The highest proportion was seen in Minnesota at 35.3%. Rhode Island and Nebraska showed a close second at slightly over 34% each.

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