Injury Death Rate By County ( 2009 to 2013)

 

Today’s map of the day shows the rate of deaths due to injury by county for years 2009 to 2013 per 100,000 population. From the map we can see some states have a large portion of counties shaded dark, such as New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia indicating they had a higher rate of deaths caused by injury. In contrast, we can see some states such as New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire are predominantly shaded yellow/light orange indicating they had a lower rate of injury deaths. Why might this be? According to the Washington Post blue-collar jobs have the highest rate of fatal occupational injuries. Thus, one might question if the counties with the highest rate of injury death also reflect counties where a high proportion of residents have blue-collar jobs?