For most people, you don’t see death coming but a new report suggests your zip code may provide some good clues about how long you’ll live.
This report a first of its kind from the CDC and the director says it suggests, how long you live may have a lot to do with where you live.
The data looks at the five most common causes of death in the U.S. each year:
They are heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke and unintentional injuries.
Together these causes contributed to 63% of the deaths from 2008-2010.
That’s about 900,000 people every year.
Then the CDC looked at each number, state by state and found that we might be able to prevent at least a third of those deaths.
For example, in the healthiest states, people exercise more, eat better, and smoke less.
Researchers say if all states could achieve the lowest observed death rates for all give categories, thousands of lives could be saved every year.
Researchers admit this is hypothetical because you may be able to avoid one cause of death, like heart attack, but then be more likely to die of an accident or cancer.