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North Carolina Health Statistics Pocket Guide 2001

Preventable Causes of Death in North Carolina (PDF 8 KB)

United States and North Carolina

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North Carolina and Counties

Tables 7 and 8 are also available as a Microsoft Excel Workbook.

Data Sources

References for the various data items are too numerous to list here, but may be obtained from the State Center for Health Statistics. For the United States and North Carolina comparisons in Tables 1-6 were largely abstracted or derived from the following:

  • Statistical Abstract of the United States 2001 (Bureau of the Census)
  • Health, United States 2002 (National Center for Health Statistics)
  • National Vital Statistics Reports, Births: Final Data for 2000 (National Center for Health Statistics)
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 49, No. 53, 2002 and Vol. 51, No. SS-3, 2002 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

State and county population data were provided by the State Data Center, Office of State Planning.

Explanatory Notes

In most cases, table headings and footnotes provide definitions for the reported statistics. Additional information needed for data clarification includes the following:

Number of States Higher

This figure is given whenever the statistic or the required numerators and denominators were available for states. NA means not available.

Percent Change

Increases and decreases are generally expressed in terms of average annual percentages computed as the total percentage change divided by the number of intervening years.

Place of Event

Except as otherwise noted, data are by place of residence.


Some of the county-level rates of Table 8 have been adjusted for age. Thus, the differences observed are due to factors other than the age distribution of the populations. For smaller counties, the measures in Table 8 may be unstable due to small numbers of events.

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services
Center for Health Informatics and Statistics
December 2002