Friday, January 6, 2023

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in New England

In 2020 the New England region recorded over 28,700 cancer deaths.  Relative to population size, the six-state region registered a cancer death rate of 193.6 deaths per 100,000 population, giving New England the third-highest regional cancer death rate in 2020.  While the region as a whole compared poorly to the national numbers, the cancer death rate in large central metro area counties was lower than the national average. In contrast, counties in smaller metro centers and rural areas recorded cancer death rates materially higher than the nation as a whole.  A closer study of data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) provides the following details about urban vs. rural cancer death rates in the New England region:

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in New England

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in New England

County Classification Deaths Population Death Rate*
Large Central Metro 3,697 2,327,355 158.8
Large Fringe Metro 9,893 5,376,229 184.0
Medium Metro 8,744 4,592,468 190.4
Small Metro 1,956 819,097 238.8
Micropolitan (Nonmetro) 2,686 1,087,204 247.1
NonCore (Nonmetro) 1,772 645,115 274.7
     Region 28,748 14,847,468 193.6
Nationally 602,350 329,484,123 182.8

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

Report Period: 2020

States in region:  Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont

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 31, 2022

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