Friday, January 13, 2023

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in the Rocky Mountain Region

In the five-state Rocky Mountain region, cancer took the lives of nearly 17,900 people in 2020.  Relative to population size, the Rocky Mountain region's cancer death rate of 142.5 deaths per 100,000 population was the lowest regional cancer death rate in the U.S. in 2020.  Only in counties in the region's most rural areas was the cancer death rate in 2020 higher than in the nation as a whole.  A further review of data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reveals the following about urban vs. rural cancer death rates in the Rocky Mountain region:

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in the Rocky Mountain Region

Urban vs. Rural Cancer Death Rates in the Rocky Mountain Region

County Classification Deaths Population Death Rate*
Large Central Metro 2,164 1,901,055 113.8
Large Fringe Metro 3,028 2,330,205 129.9
Medium Metro 4,917 3,900,314 126.1
Small Metro 2,923 1,669,221 175.1
Micropolitan (Nonmetro) 2,463 1,616,653 152.4
NonCore (Nonmetro) 2,3881,129,968 211.3
     Region 17,883 12,547,416 142.5
Nationally 602,350 329,484,123 182.8

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

Report Period: 2020

States in region:  Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Wyoming

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 January 4, 2023

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