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Many of the 3,141 counties in the United States are too small for reliable estimation of mortality. The 2,068 “counties” used here consist of 1,439 individual counties and 629 merged county units (thus, an average of 2.7 counties per merged unit).

Many of the 3,141 counties in the United States are too small for reliable estimation of mortality. The 2,068 “counties” used here consist of 1,439 individual counties and 629 merged county units (thus, an average of 2.7 counties per merged unit).

SOURCES: For (a) and (b), authors’ calculations based on data for 1999, 2000, and 2001 from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau (from data files provided by Andrew Fenelon); for (c) and (d), Ezzati et al. (2008) (from updated data files provided by Sandeep Kulkarni).



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