This was originally posted on January 26, 2017, for Carolina Data Desk. See the web archive post here.

This post is the first of a series dedicated to obtaining, cleaning, analyzing and visualizing the causes of death in North Carolina.

We start our journey with two basic questions:
1) What are the most common causes of death in North Carolina by county?
2) What kind of trends can we see over time?

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services maintains detailed mortality statistics for the state, and that’s where we’ll start. …

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