Years of Potential Life Lost Rate by Geography

New York Finger Lakes Region

The urban YPLL rate is much higher than either suburban or rural. The urban rate has also changed the most over the last 15 years. In general, the urban YPLL rate has declined significantly since 2000, although it has notably increased over the most recent two years with available data. The rural YPLL rate has remained consistently a little higher than the suburban rate.


Methodology note: Years of potential life lost (YPLL) is a widely used measure to assess the rate of premature mortality. YPLL places a larger weight on the deaths of younger people, in contrast with overall mortality statistics which are dominated by deaths of the elderly. The YPLL rates in Common Ground Health analyses are derived using 75 years as the baseline. A death at age 65 has YPLL of 10, where as a death at age 35 has a YPLL of 40. The rates are calculated per 100,000 population and are age-sex adjusted to account for differences in population distribution.

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