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The background map shows the level of famine severity across China, using county-level data from the 2000 census on the age structure of the population. The metric used is the ratio of the average size of the cohorts born during the famine years (July 1 1958 to June 30 1961), against those cohorts born prior to and after the famine (1956 to 1958, and 1962 to 1964). In the counties shaded dark red, the size of the famine cohorts is less than 30% of the average of the pre- and post-famine cohorts.