5 counties with the shortest life spans
Location has plenty to do with how long you might live. Here's where you don't want to call home.
If your ZIP code falls within some areas of Mississippi, you might just have the same life expectancy as someone born in Bangladesh.
While it's true Americans generally are living longer, there's a huge disparity in expected life span based on which county you live in, according to a new study.
The gap is striking, given that the U.S. spends more per capita on health care than all other countries, yet many areas of America suffer from poor health, according to researchers at the University of Washington. The report, published in Population Health Metrics, breaks down life expectancy by U.S. counties.
"The widening disparities between counties . . . should be viewed as a call for action," the paper's authors note.
So where are the worst areas for life expectancy? The South, the Mississippi basin, West Virginia, Kentucky and some counties with large Native American populations, the study found.
For men, the worst county to call home is McDowell, W. Va., where the average life expectancy is just 63.9 years, well below the U.S. average of 76.3. About one-third of the county's 21,000 residents live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census. The area has been hit hard by the loss of coal mining jobs, and most of its citizens receive some type of government support.
For women, the county with the lowest life expectancy is Perry, Ky., which has a lifespan of 72.7 years, compared with the U.S. average of 80.9. About one-quarter of Perry's 28,000 residents live in poverty. McDowell, W. Va., was the runner-up for worst life span for women, at 72.9 years.
The results "will not come as welcome news to many in Perry County, which earlier this year was ranked second to last in the state in terms of health," the county's Hazard Herald noted.
And where are the counties with the longest life spans? For women, it's tony Marin County, Calif., where the median household income is almost $90,000 and where women can expect to live to 85.
For men, the best location is Fairfax County, Va., where the median household income is $108,000. Men can expect to reach the ripe old age of 81.7. Top employers in Fairfax include Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) and Capital One (COF).
Here are the five worst counties for life expectancy for women and men:
Women Life expectancy
1. Perry, Ky. 72.65
2. McDowell, W. Va. 72.9
3. Tunica, Miss. 73.36
4. Quitman, Miss. 73.36
5. Petersburg, Va. 73.69
1. McDowell, W. Va. 63.9
2. Bolivar, Miss. 65.03
3. Perry, Ky. 66.52
4. Floyd, Ky. 66.59
5. Tunica, Miss. 66.7
Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.
Of course the fact that for men in McDowell, West Virginia, the main industry was COAL MINING, has nothing to do with the fact that their men are dying younger, does it? It's ALL the fault of people living in poverty, isn't it??
Aimee, you COULD put in ALL the facts, or at least more of them, than the one that just fit into your world-view that POVERTY causes ALL the problems of life expectancy. That what you've written is bull crap in a lot of respects is proven by the fact that in Russia, the average man doesn't even reach the age of 60!!!! The BIGGEST FACTOR is because they're DRINKING THEMSELVES TO DEATH.
Yeah, I think it's strange, because years ago (and still some today)..
Many Seniors used to tend small Gardens and raise, a V-good array of veggies, sometimes fruits and berries also.....The poorer classes included.
Maybe it was a Depression or Post-Depression mindset ?
Mostly only seen frequently in outer urban or rural areas now..
Doesn't really take much room, and is quite in-expensive or can be..
A 10x20 plot can grow a lot...And some people raise plenty in Patio or Deck pots.
It's rewarding in many ways and much better food...
Maybe people have just gotten lazier or we give them too much..
Maybe giving out seed and small plants would help...With easy to read instructions.
We have been doing it for decades, excellent eating.
"The gap is striking, given that the U.S. spends more per capita on health care than all other countries,"
Beg pardon. ALL other countries? I do hope you mean ANY other country.
What's so great about living till your ninety if your put out to pasture at 67? Don't listen to you unless your wealthy or politically involved or on You tube? Once upon a time the "old" were considered wise because of there life experience.
Now I kind of agree with John Mellencamp- Oh yeah life goes on long after the thrill of livin is gone.
"Any man who thinks he can behappy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of them;
Had better take a closer look at the American Indian".
BTW....Although healthy lifesyles, may lead to better health..
It is an ABSOLUTE fact that better HEALTHCARE extends life and comfort..Worldwide.
Many of the problems we face when getting older are all about Family Trees, not what we ate.
Fairfax County, VA- best place for men to live. Booz Allen Hamilton and Capital One top employers. WRONG - it is our BLOATED FEDERAL GOVERNMENT- These people are over paid, under worked and have fat Federal Pensions. They can't be fired or made to be accountable for their work.
A lot of these people living in the areas described can't afford to eat healthy vegetables and fruits and are not educated. The Department of Education "IE: "BRAINWASHING" was formed in 1970 to take care of the education deficiencies of our country. When formed the high school graduation rate was about 69%. Forty-three years latter it is about 75%. The real reason for the takeover was to make sure the liberal agenda brainwashes our school kids that the GOVERNMENT IS THE MEANS TO ALL THINGS. Look at all of the poverty - food stamps, subsidized housing etc.
WAKE UP AMERICA
Although "no laughing matter"...I think it's much more about Healthcare and the availability.?
Dietary may come in as second or further down the line..
If it's a distant or cloistered type area, not many people moving in or out..
It very well could be in the Genetics or DNA of the area...
There are specific areas around the World,(found in studies) where people live fairly long and healthy lives no matter what they eat or drink...And it appears it may be about Genetics or "long lifers" by most standards....Even if a resident moves away, they seem to carry the genes with them,same results...
Studys have found and tracked.
So, I'm sure the reverse can be true also.
I'm a little miffed by Tunica, Miss. being Casinos and Tourism in the area, they could build some Heath Centers in the area, but their Governor probably squanders the tax monies elsewhere..
Seems years ago Tunica area was riverbottoms, cotton fields and other crops.
That has somewhat changed for the better, I thought.
Notice how the same States with low life expectancy are also the states that are refusing to join the Medicare expansion??
My thought would be that if you check the poverty level in these areas, they will also reflect miserable statistics. I however was not surprised by the STATES involved. These states reflect some of the most miserable conditions in the US in which to live. Yes, Yes , Yes, there are "shining" stars in each of the states. You choose an apple in its entirety, you don't pick one with a big rotten spot on it!
Now that we all know about these areas, so what. What are we to do? We could get Sally Struthers to divert African children's money to the US, maybe take a few million from Bangladesh. More clearly, we could and should allow charity and opportunity to begin at HOME (USA) Then all we have to do is teach the horse to drink the water rather than just stare at it! Look at this way, at least with a shorter life span their particular hell is over sooner.....................just saying.
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