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Life expectancy in most US counties falls behind world’s healthiest nations
The most current county-level analysis finds large disparities nationwide. Women fare worse than men, and people in Appalachia, the Deep South, and Northern Texas live the shortest lives.
June 15, 2011 - While people in Japan, Canada, and other nations are enjoying significant gains in life expectancy every year, most counties within the United States are falling behind, according to a new study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington.
Data and Methods
Figure 1. Changes in years of life expectancy in US counties, women, 1987-2007 (3.9MB PDF)
Figure 2. Changes in years of life expectancy in US counties, men, 1987-2007 (3.5MB PDF)
Data for download. Life expectancy by county, sex, and race (US), 1987-2007 (2.6KB xls)
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Related Publications & Presentations
Kulkarni SC, Levin-Rector A, Ezzati M, Murray CJL. Falling behind: life expectancy in US counties from 2000 to 2007 in an international context. Population Health Metrics. 2011; 9:16.