The “chart book” released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Health showed Northeastern Minnesota with the highest mortality rates in several areas. They include:An overall mortality rate of 767 per 100,000, the number of deaths that would be expected within a year in a population of 100,000. The next-highest was 697 in the Northwest; the state average was 678.The highest mortality rate from all forms of cancer: 231 for men and 161 for women. The statewide rate was 209 for men and 148 for women. The report noted that cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota.Nearly double the mortality rate from cirrhosis compared with the rest of the state. However, the numbers are relatively small: 12 per 100,000 in Northeastern Minnesota compared with six in most other regions.The highest rate of heart disease deaths at 182, compared with 166 in the metro region, which is the lowest rate in the state. Heart disease is the second-leading cause of death in Minnesota.The highest rate of suicide: 16. Again, the metro area had the lowest rate: 10.By far the highest mortality rate from Alzheimer’s among people 65 and older: 287. The state average was 198.
The rates are based on 100,000 “person-years,” a method of measurement that takes into account population fluctuations over a period of years. In many categories, statistical adjustments also were made to take age differences into account.