U.S. life expectancy varies by more than 20 years from county to county
By Joel Achenbach May 8
Eight counties with the largest decreases in life expectancy since 1980 are in Kentucky. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)
Life expectancy is rising overall in the United States, but in some areas, death rates are going conspicuously in the other direction. These geographical disparities are widening, according to a report published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Life expectancy is greatest in the high country of central Colorado, but in many pockets of the United States, life expectancy is more than 20 years lower, according to the report from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.