Wednesday, November 1, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 1

November 1, 1910 – Minneapolis has attained a distinction in favorable mortality statistics; the government statistics announced today show the lowest death rate of any city in the United States. The division of vital statistics of the census bureau places the Minneapolis death rate at 10.66 per thousand. Leading the 44 cities that have more than 100,000 population. The figure is for the 1909 death rate. Until 1910 has passed, no estimate can be made for this year.

St. Paul came in second with 11.4, Cleveland is third with 12.9, and Milwaukee fourth with 13.6.

Cities that have a low death rate have always advertised the fact, as it is conceded by agencies for publicity that nothing makes a stronger drawing card. That Minneapolis would make a good showing was expected by those who are familiar with the mortality statistics of Minnesota, although it was scarcely expected that the figure would go so low. It is granted that the government figures give Minnesota a position of inestimable value from every standpoint. Mortality statistics are considered even more important by the government than those gains that reflect commercial growth.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Death Rate here Is Lowest. Reports Show Minneapolis Has Only 10.66 Mortality Rate.”; Nov. 2, 1910; p. 9.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Feb. 15, 2016,
as long as acknowledgement included.


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