The Database of the Dead
Are you in it?
August 13, 2015
The Social Security Administration maintains a database containing a record of every U.S. citizen who has died since 1936. What could possibly go wrong? In “The Final File,” contributing editor Paul Ford discusses a few problems with what the government lovingly refers to as the Social Security Death Master File. Explore it for yourself.
To get started, choose a first and last name
How many times has a name died?
Total deaths: 265
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Only the ten most recent deaths with that name are shown.
How long does a name live?
Find out the average lifespan of people with these names.
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Is death really just a popularity contest?
Ever wonder how your name stacks up against the most fashionable monikers of the deceased?
Interactive by Jorge Lopez, Matt Unhjem, and Silas Burton.