Life Expectancy and Mortality
Life Expectancy in West Virginia
Life expectancy data for counties in West Virginia is from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). The IHME estimates cover the period of 1980 to 2014. Research by IHME used small area estimation methods to produce annual life tables and calculate age-specific mortality risk at the county level for the United States. De-identified death records from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and population counts for West Virginia's counties from the census bureau, NCHS, and the Human Mortality Database were used in the analysis.
Mortality Trends in West Virginia
Data from CDC Wonder shows mortality rates in West Virginia for various causes of death. The data is age-adjusted and benchmarked against national metrics. Additional details about these indicators can be found in the "About the Data" section below.
About the Data
• Life expectancy by county is from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME).
• Cancer mortality data was queried from CDC Wonder, Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes C00-C97.
• Motor vehicle accident mortality data was queried from CDC Wonder, Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes V02-V04, V09.0, V09.2, V12-V14, V19.0-V19.2, V19.4-V19.6, V20-V79, V80.3-V80.5, V81.0-V81.1, V82.0-V82.1, V83-V86, V87.0-V87.8, V88.0-V88.8, V89.0, V89.2
• "Deaths of Despair" mortality data was queried from CDC Wonder, Underlying Cause of Death, with the following ICD-10 codes: alcohol-related diseases (K70, K73–74, X45, Y15), suicide (X60–84, Y87.0), and drug- and alcohol-related poisonings (X40–44, Y10–14, Y45, 47, 49).