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States ranked by cancer death rates

States ranked by cancer death rates
March 19, 2020 Rachel Tirabassi

Mackenzie Bean for Becker’s Hospital Review

Kentucky has the highest cancer mortality rate of all U.S. states, according to a ranking from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The ranking is based on 1999-2018 data on underlying and multiple causes of death from the CDC’s Wonder Online Database.

In 2018, the nation’s age-adjusted cancer death rate was 149.1 deaths per 100,000 population.

Here’s how each state and the District of Columbia stack up:

Note: The list includes a tie and results in a numerical listing of 50.

1. Kentucky — 181.6 cancer deaths per 100,000 population
2. Mississippi — 179.7
3. West Virginia — 179.5
4. Oklahoma — 178.1
5. Alabama — 170.4
6. Louisiana — 169
7. Arkansas — 168.8
8. Tennessee — 168
9. Indiana — 165.7
10. Missouri — 165.3
11. Ohio — 165.2
12. Maine — 162.1
13. Michigan — 161.1
14. Delaware — 159.4
15. South Carolina — 157.3
16. Pennsylvania — 156.6
17. Kansas — 156.4
18. Vermont — 156
19. District of Columbia — 155.6
20. Iowa — 155.3
21. North Carolina — 154.2
22. Illinois — 153.5
23. Georgia — 152.4
24. Rhode Island — 151.6
25. Wisconsin — 151.5
26. Oregon — 150.6
27. Nebraska — 150.5
28. Maryland — 149.9
29. Idaho — 149.5
30. Virginia — 149.3
31. Nevada — 146.5
32. Washington — 145.3
33. North Dakota — 145.2
South Dakota — 145.2
34. New Hampshire — 143.7
35. Minnesota — 143.1
36. Texas — 142.9
37. Massachusetts — 142.8
38. Florida — 141.7
39. Alaska — 141.5
40. New Jersey — 141.3
41. Montana — 140.7
42. Wyoming — 140.6
43. New York — 138.2
44. New Mexico — 136.4
45. California — 135
46. Connecticut — 134.1
47. Arizona — 131.9
48. Colorado — 127.6
49. Hawaii — 123.5
50. Utah — 120