Injury Death Rate By County ( 2009 to 2013)

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Check out this map that shows the rate of deaths due to injury by county for years 2009 to 2013 per 100,000 population. From the map we can see some states have a large portion of counties shaded dark, such as New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Oklahoma, West Virginia indicating they had a higher rate of deaths caused by injury. In contrast, we can see some states such as New York, New Jersey and New Hampshire are predominantly shaded yellow/light orange indicating they had a lower rate of injury deaths. Why might this be? According to the Washington Post blue-collar jobs have the highest rate of fatal occupational injuries. Thus, on might question if the counties with the highest rate of injury death also reflect counties where a high proportion of residents have blue-collar jobs?

By Julia Watson

Average Heat Wave Days By County 2010

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Check out this map that shows the average heat wave days from May to September by county for year 2010. A heat wave is known as a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather. From the map we can see many southern, midwest and northeastern states had a higher average in heat wave days indicated by the darker shading. For instance, Louisiana is mostly shaded dark, indicating the vast majority of the counties had a high average of heat wave days ranging from 26.01 to 62.00 days. In contrast, many counties within the western state had a low average of heat wave days indicated by the yellow/yellow-orange shading.

By Julia Watson

Percent of Females Who Received Mammogram Screening By County 2013

MOTD8_9_17_%mammogramsA mammogram is a screening tool used to screen for breast cancer.  According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and is one of the  three most common cancers that causes death among women [1]. For these reasons it is important for women who meet the breast cancer screening guidelines to undergo screening to detect any abnormalities or cancer early to quickly begin treatment.  Check out this map that shows the percent of women who received mammogram screening in 2013 by county. From the map we can see some counties are shaded darker than others, indicating a higher percentage of women in these counties received mammogram screenings, such as counties within New York, Maine, and Road Island. In contrast, we can see some counties within states such as, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oklahoma are shaded yellow/light orange indicating a low percent of women received mammograms.

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By Julia Watson

Percent of Severe Housing Problems By County (2008 to 2012)

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Today’s map of the day shows the percent of severe housing problems by county for years 2008 to 2012. Severe housing problems was defined as households with at least 1 of 4 housing problems including: overcrowding, high housing cost, or lack of kitchen or plumbing facilities. From the map we can see a large portion of counties within Alaska and some western states, such as California, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington have a higher percentage of severe housing problems indicated by the dark shaded counties compared to counties within other regions, such as the Midwest.

By Julia Watson

Percent Alcohol-impaired Driving Dealths By County ( 2010 to 2014)

Check out this map that shows the percent alcohol-impaired driving deaths by county for years 2010 to 2014. From the map we can see the driving deaths with alcohol universally affects all states. We can see some Midwestern and Northwestern states have a large portion of counties with a higher percent of driving deaths with alcohol impairment with ranging between 45 – 100%  indicated by the darker shaded counties.

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By Julia Watson