According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 765 people died in Clay County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 15 per thousand people, compared with 10 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 164 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 3.1 per thousand people, compared with 2.3 per thousand statewide.
A reported 26 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The county death rate from such accidents was 0.5 per thousand people, compared with 0.2 per thousand statewide.
The average age of people living in Clay County at the time of the 2000 census was 40.8, compared with 37.1 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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