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Ethel Perez, Kirsten Casey, Lauren Ennesser


Understanding trends in mortality across the United States is a useful exercise because it can provide clues about the ways we can improve people’s lives. This project is useful for any government agencies and nonprofit organizations that want to understand factors affecting mortality rates.

The main goal for the project is to understand what socioeconomic and environmental factors affect the mortality rate of people in the US.

Our findings show that there’s a nationwide trend of poverty reduction in the last 15 years in the US, as well as an air quality pollution reduction for counties that reported. In summary, the factors that affect death rates the most are: age, county population, and poverty. The next steps for this project include the next time interval (2017-present) which would include information of the COVID pandemic and its effects on the factors considered.

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