Saturday, July 04, 2015
Mapping US Citizen Overseas Deaths
814 U.S. citizens died abroad in 2014. Vehicle accidents was the number one cause of deaths. Murder was the second highest cause, closely followed by suicide.
JSON-CSV.com has created a map of where U.S. citizens died abroad in 2014, using data from Travel.State.gov. While browsing the US Deaths Abroad map I was surprised by what seemed a very high percentage of suicides.
Unfortunately the JSON-CSV map doesn't have any filtering options to view the data on the map by cause of death. I therefore decided to quickly make my own map using Fusion Tables - with the option to filter the map by cause of death. US Citizen Death Overseas 2014 uses exactly the same data but you can select to filter the map using the drop-down menu and view the data by cause of death.
The Travel.State.gov data only includes non-natural deaths reported to the Department of State. The data also may not include some deaths of U.S. military or U.S. government officials.