Strolling through the atlas stacks wondering what is available and I found The Grim Reaper's Road Map. I could not believe that someone would map, how people die, so meticulously. Focusing on Great Britain they included in this atlas 99 different ways to die. The different ways include some common issues like motor vehicle accidents, heart attack and chronic heart disease but also include accident death due to electric current, pedal cyclist hit by vehicle, and falls. The data used covers 24 years. Each type of death is displayed in colorful visuals to show intensity in different regions of the country.
2008 Q Atlas
Maps Library, Central Pattee, Basement - Maps Stacks
I then was curious as to what other "death" maps are available maybe not having as catchy a title. I searched our catalog at Penn State Libraries for location: up-maps and subject: mortality and/or death and found several more interesting resources for the morbid and medically minded. All available in the Donald W. Hamer Maps Library!! (see list below)
Google search found even more maps about death from Asbestos Mortality in Texas Map to Diabetes Death Rate Map to Firearms Death Rates. There were several more websites that allowed for customization of the parameters that the map displayed. These included topics on Cancer including the many types and Hospitals where Heart Attacks are treated.
Links to Interesting Death Maps
It is a birth rate and death rate simulation - show little stars when someone is born and black dots as someone dies, and it keeps a running tally of how many people have been born and died since you started watching! I love this visual of the changing world.
Options include Age, State or entire US, Race or Gender, Time periods, Shading Intervals, and types of Cancer. This web site would be beneficial for visual data on Cancer deaths in specific areas of the country.
This map has data available on every country but it doesn't stop at death statistics. It also includes information on major infectious disease, religions, literacy, fertility rate, and Infant mortality.
· Even the Huffington Post did an article about a "Death Map": Where Americans are most likely to die in 2008. The article noted that "people living in the South along the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts have a higher likelihood of dying from natural hazard compared to residents of the Great Lakes area and urbanized Northeast."
According an illustrated chronology of innovations in Thematic Cartography, Jan de Witt created a mortality table in 1671 followed by Edmond Halley in 1693. So professionals have been charting death for over 300 years. And here we are still mapping where and why people die.
Available in Our Library:
· Atlas of United States mortality
Pickle, Linda Williams.
An Atlas of mortality in Scotland
: including the geography of selected socio-economic characteristics
Lloyd, Owen Ll., 1939
· Atlas of mortality from selected diseases in England and Wales, 1968-1978
Maps of some standardized
mortality ratios for Australia 1965-1966 compared with 1959-1963
Learmonth, A. T. A. (Andrew Thomas Amos), 1916-
· Italy: annual mortality [cartographic resource]
Unites States. Office of Strategic Services. Research and Analysis Branch
G6711.E51 1932.U4 (ref desk)
Maternal mortality in the
counties of the United States, 1930-1934 / [cartographic material]
United States. Children's Bureau.
Accessed all links in February 2011