Rising death rates for white women

Overall life expectancy continues to increase, but looking at it from the other end — mortality rates — show different trends for different groups, especially women who live in rural areas. Dan Keating and Kennedy Elliott for the Washington Post explain with a collection of time series charts.

For younger age groups, drug overdose and suicide account for virtually all of the increases in death rate. For older groups, additional causes of death are also increasing, particularly heart and lung diseases for rural women, and cirrhosis for people over 45.

Rather than show mortality rates over time, the charts focus on the actual percentage change from 1990. A line that trends upwards is bad.

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Life expectancy changes

The data goes back to 1960 and up to the most current estimates for 2009. Each line represents a country.

Reviving the Statistical Atlas of the United States with New Data

Due to budget cuts, there is no plan for an updated atlas. So I recreated the original 1870 Atlas using today’s publicly available data.

Causes of Death

There are many ways to die. Cancer. Infection. Mental. External. This is how different groups of people died over the past 10 years, visualized by age.

A Day in the Life of Americans

I wanted to see how daily patterns emerge at the individual level and how a person’s entire day plays out. So I simulated 1,000 of them.