According to the latest study, it seems that a person’s life expectancy might have some correlation with the particular county in which they were born. While the U.S. national average for a child born in 2014 was a life expectancy of 79.1, it turns out that this value varies quite a bit across different states and might depend even on the counties.
County of Birth Tied to Life Expectancy in the USA
The team considers that categorizing the data by different counties allowed them to more accurately view the disparities in the average American life expectancy and also the health disparities.
While medical scientists have always recognized the difference in life expectancy between different populations, this variation by geography took them somewhat by surprise. Especially due to the magnitude of its differences. Rural areas are generally lagging behind urban ones, and poverty is a very clear issue. Low-income counties had a far lower life expectancy than those with more monetary resources.
Places like Manhattan and San Francisco had much greater gains over the course of the study, which looked at data from 1980 to 2014. Meanwhile, seven different counties in Kentucky all saw the greatest life expectancy losses over that period. In one of them, this dropped by as much as over two years.
Despite the bad news, many doctors hope to put this information to good use. Knowing what areas need the most help could be the first step in getting them aid.
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