Nathan Yau at the website Flowing Data used a decade’s worth of mortality data to build a series of charts that show how causes of death change as we age. The data, which are broken down by gender and race, are based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Underlying Cause of Death Database, made up of 113 distinct causes of death, organized into 20 categories. The charts are interesting because they show — in vivid color — what tends to kill people of different ages, genders and races. For example, external causes of death — like car crashes — are responsible for 10 percent of deaths for men, especially before the age of 40. That figure is half as much for women. The likelihood that circulatory diseases and cancer will kill you increase with age, with cancer peaking around the late 60s, according to the chart. Check out the interactive version here. Featured article image by Eddy Van 3000 on Flickr.
Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the... More by Dan MacLeod