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These Maps Can Tell You How You'll Probably Die (Depending On Where You Live)

Chances are good it's heart disease.

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Using information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 2008 report on mortality rates, Slate's Ben Blatt determined how you're likely to die depending on which state you live in (if you don't get heart disease).

"The reason for the exclusions was to create more geographic variation," he wrote. "Heart disease and cancer, the top two leading causes of deaths in every state, account for more deaths than the next eight causes of death combined."

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Notably, there are still only five causes represented: Stroke, respiratory disease, accidents, and the intentionally absent heart disease and cancer.

"I was surprised accidents beat out many other diseases," Blatt told BuzzFeed. "The map seems to confirm a few geographic stereotypes people may have — for instance, other than heart disease and cancer, 'accidents' affect Florida more than any other cause of death. However, as it turns out Florida is only the 16th ranked state when it comes to accidents — it just has unusually low age-adjusted death rates for diseases like respiratory diseases and strokes."

A second map illustrates just how common heart disease is in most states.

Check out more of the data on the CDC's website, and head to Slate for more morbid (yet data-filled) maps.

Rachel Zarrell is a news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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