According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 553 people died in Brookings County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 7 per thousand people, compared with 9 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 122 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 1.4 per thousand people, compared with 2.2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 15 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of people living in Brookings County at the time of the 2000 census was 33.8, compared with 36.7 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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