According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 20,824 people died in Ocean County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 14 per thousand people, compared with 9 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 5,331 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 3.5 per thousand people, compared with 2.2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 168 people died in motor vehicle accidents. The county death rate from such accidents was 0.1 per thousand people, compared with 0.1 per thousand statewide.
The average age of people living in Ocean County at the time of the 2000 census was 41.6, compared with 37.2 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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