Taps Coogan- August 3rd, 2018
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In 2015, the average life expectancy for someone born in the US was 79.3 years, the 31st longest lifespan in the world. Since 2015, the average US life expectancy has fallen to 78.7 years amid increasing obesity rates and surging drug fatalities. It is the most significant decline in life expectancy in over 50 years.
Not only is the US life expectancy now declining, as the following chart reveals, life expectancy varies by over 20 years across the US. Based on the most recent county level data from 2014, the longest lifespan in the US is 86.8 years in Summit County, Colorado. At the other end of the spectrum, with a lifespan of just 66.8 years, someone born in Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota has the shortest expectancy in the country. The life expectancy in Oglala Lakota County, and many other unfortunate counties in the US, is lower than throughout much of the third world and lower than in countries like Iraq, Nepal, and North Korea.
The shortest lifespans in the US are concentrated in areas where the obesity, substance abuse, and poverty rates are highest. In fact, Oglala Lakota County happens to be the poorest county in the incorporated US.
All of this is despite the fact that the US spends more on healthcare per capita than any other country in the world.
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