Statistics compiled by the Associated Press and Department of Defense show Vermont has the highest per capita death rate in Iraq.This makes four years running that our neighbor to the north leads the list. The thing that is most striking about the states that bear the most burden is that they are by definition "rural." If you look back at other modern wars, such grieving was shared by rural and city folk alike. What does this shift mean, aside from the obvious? I'm not sure.
Based on population estimates by U.S. Census Bureau and casualty figures compiled by the Department of Defense and the AP -- 3.22 Vermonters have died per 100,000 residents in the Green Mountain state.
Vermont is followed by Nebraska, Alaska, Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota.