Rural states are paying the highest personal price in the Iraq War. The highest death rates have been in Idaho, Delaware, Alaska, Maine, and Wyoming.

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The Iraq Death Toll, State By State

Coleman funeral thumbRural states are paying the highest personal price in the Iraq War. The highest death rates have been in Idaho, Delaware, Alaska, Maine, and Wyoming.

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Coleman funeral, Pikeville

The funeral of U.S. Army Sgt. Gary Brent Coleman, 24, in Pikeville, KY, 11/30/03
Photo: Shawn Poynter, for AP

The country is waging a war, but the war isn't being waged equally. The death toll in North Dakota and Vermont, for example, is about five times that of Washington, D.C.

It is not surprising that the more rural states are the ones with the highest death rates. (To calculate a death rate, we divided the number of men and women killed from a state by the total number of people in the state of military age. Death rates are given in number of casualties per million people of military age.) Rural communities have a considerably higher rate of casualties than U.S. cities. (See this report from the Carsey Institute.)

The ten states with the highest death rates are Idaho, Delaware, Alaska, Maine, Wyoming, Nebraska, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota and Vermont.

The states with the lowest rates: Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Utah, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and D.C.

Anybody notice a pattern here?

Below is a numerical listing of all U.S. states' casualties in the Iraq War, ranked from the lowest death rate to the highest.

Rank   State   Number of Deaths   Death Rate
per million population 18-54
1   Washington, DC   4   11.9
2   New Jersey   61   13.7
3   Connecticut   28   15.7
4   New York   169   16.7
5   Utah   21   17.8
6   Rhode Island   10   17.9
7   Massachusetts   66   19.2
8   Minnesota   52   19.7
9   Illinois   134   20.2
10   Florida   163   20.5
11   North Carolina   90   20.5
12   California   384   20.9
13   Colorado   55   22.5
14   Washington   73   22.7
15   Georgia   104   22.8
16   Maryland   68   23.7
17   Missouri   71   24.4
18   Hawaii   16   24.7
19   Michigan   132   25.1
20   South Carolina   54   25.2
21   Alabama   59   25.3
22   Tennessee   79   25.9
23   Virginia   103   26.3
24   Indiana   85   26.4
25   Ohio   157   26.4
26   Kentucky   59   27.2
27   Wisconsin   79   27.9
28   Kansas   39   27.9
29   Pennsylvania   176   27.9
30   Texas   320   28.3
31   West Virginia   27   28.6
32   Iowa   43   28.7
33   New Mexico   29   30.9
34   Mississippi   48   32.4
35   Oklahoma   58   32.5
36   Nevada   35   32.5
37   Arkansas   45   33.0
38   Arizona   89   33.5
39   Louisiana   79   33.6
40   New Hampshire   23   34.4
41   Oregon   65   35.5
42   Idaho   24   35.7
43   Delaware   15   36.1
44   Alaska   15   38.4
45   Maine   26   39.0
46   Wyoming   11   41.9
47   Nebraska   38   42.8
48   Montana   20   42.9
49   South Dakota   18   47.2
50   North Dakota   17   51.0
51   Vermont   19   58.1
             
 
    Total   3,655   24

 

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