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U.S. Life Expectancy on the Decline

By Ryan Gildersleeve


Studies are showing that the United States is dwindling in terms of life expectancy as well as other health related statistics.

The Washington Post recently concluded a study looking into different regions of the world and how their populations have been affected not only by time, but by disease and other health complications as well.

Changes in urban vs. rural living show that those who live in urban areas have a higher life expectancy (Image from Wix)

The numbers are shocking, showing many divides that some have been able to conceive, but many have never seen put on paper.

The post’s article stated, “In the early 1980s, people in the poorest communities were 9 percent more likely to die each year, but the gap grew to 49 percent in the past decade and widened to 61 percent when COVID-19 struck.”

The article also noted the differences in urban vs rural living, stating, “Forty years ago, small towns and rural regions were healthier for adults in the prime of life. The reverse is now true. Urban death rates have declined sharply, while rates outside the country’s largest metro areas flattened and then rose. Just before the pandemic, adults 35 to 64 in the most rural areas were 45 percent more likely to die each year than people in the largest urban centers.”


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