November 28, 2009

trivium of the moment

5 people die a year in death valley from the heat.

3 Comments:

Blogger Mikkel said...

On average? Because if exactly five people die each year that's just scary.

Saturday, November 28, 2009 7:37:00 AM  
Blogger Bryan said...

What do the rest die from? Boredom?

Saturday, November 28, 2009 5:08:00 PM  
Blogger Tim Dierks said...

Death Valley population = 442. Deaths/year from heat = 5.
Rate = 11,312 per million per year.

US population = 285 million. Deaths/year from heat = 688.
Rate = 27.5 per million per year.

Ratio = 411 times as likely to die from heat in Death Valley than in the US in general.

Sources:
Heat-Related Deaths --- United States, 1999--2003
US Populations, 2001
92328 zip code Death Valley

Sunday, November 29, 2009 7:37:00 PM  

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