Saturday, December 24, 2022

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

In 2020, cancer accounted for more than 95,300 deaths in the five-state Great Lakes region.  Relative to the size of its population, the number of cancer deaths per 100,000 population in the region was more than 11% higher than the national average.  That said, the unfavorable comparison to the national average in 2020 was mostly attributable to counties in rural and small to medium-sized metropolitan areas in the region. In smaller Great Lakes region communities and rural areas, counties had cancer death rates in 2020 that were materially higher than in the nation or in the region as a whole.  Further examination of data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reveals the following about urban vs. rural cancer death rates in the Great Lakes region:

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in the Great Lakes Region

County Classification Deaths Population Death Rate*
Large Central Metro 23,131 12,789,306 180.9
Large Fringe Metro 23,921 12,712,841 188.2
Medium Metro 15,848 7,561,867 209.6
Small Metro 11,081 5,248,208 211.1
Micropolitan (Nonmetro) 13,623 5,651,494 241.1
NonCore (Nonmetro) 7,750 2,871,194 269.9
     Region 95,354 46,864,910 203.6
Nationally 602,350 329,484,123 182.8

(*) number of cancer deaths per 100,000 population

Report Period: 2020

States in region:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin

See the 2013 NCHS Urban-Rural Classification Scheme for additional information on population categories, including a map of which U.S. counties fall in which categories.

Source: CDC Wonder. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2020 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released in 2021. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2020, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Accessed on December 19, 2022

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