Saturday, February 11, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 11

February 11, 1914 – Minnesota has the lowest death rate of any state that keeps an accurate registration of death statistics, according to an announcement made by the census bureau in Washington today. The death rate here is 10.7 per 1,000, based on the estimated population. Maryland shows the highest death rate, with 16.3 per 1,000. Wisconsin is Minnesota’s closest competitor, with 10.9.

Of the 45 cities that register statistics, Minneapolis and St. Paul show a death rate of 13 per 1,000. Only two other cities in the U. S. , Portland, Ore. and Oakland, Cal., show a better record that the Twin Cities. Portland has 11 per 1,000 and Oakland 12.3. Memphis has the highest death rate with 22.9.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Minnesota Healthiest State in the Union. Death Rate 10.7 Per 1,000 Population, Census bureau Figures Show. Wisconsin Nearest Competitor, With 10.9 Deaths Per 1,000. Only Two Towns in Country Have Lower Mortality Rate Than Twin Cities.”; Feb. 12, 1914; p. 7.

Beautiful Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis
Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 11, 2017,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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