According to figures compiled by the Centers for Disease Control, 701 people died in Ripley County in the years 1999-2001. The county death rate was 9 per thousand people, compared with 9 per thousand people statewide.
During the same period, 160 people died from cancer. The county death rate from cancer was 2 per thousand people, compared with 2.2 per thousand statewide.
A reported 12 people died in motor vehicle accidents.
The average age of people living in Ripley County at the time of the 2000 census was 36.4, compared with 36.1 statewide and 36.2 nationwide.
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