When You'll Probably Die, Visualized

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You’ve already found out how you might die—but when’s it going to happen? This visualization of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should give you a better idea.


Created by Nathan Yau from Flowing Data, the interactive visualization takes your sex, race, and age, then simulates how things might play out for the rest of your life—or what there is left of it. Yau explains how it works:

Each dot represents one of your simulated lives, and as each year passes, more of your simulated selves pass away. Color corresponds to cause of death, and the bars on the right keep track of the cumulative percentages. By the end, you’re left with the chances that you will die of each cause.

Shift age to the older years, and let the simulations run. You’re much more likely to die of a disease rather than something external. Shift past 80 years, and it’s over 40 percent chance the cause will be circulatory, regardless of demographic group.

So what are you waiting for? Find out when you might die according to data.

[Flowing Data]


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