Iowa has mortality rates that are lower than the United States rate in firearm deaths, homicide and drug poisoning deaths.  The state also has the 5th lowest mortality rate for kidney disease and ranks 11th  in percent of births to unmarried mothers.

However, Iowa has mortality rates that are higher than the U.S. for chronic lower respiratory disease and Alzheimer’s disease.  The state is also tied with the U.S. rate in suicides.

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