• Obesity
  • Physical activity
  • Men
  • Life expectancy

Since 1985, male life expectancy in U.S. counties has either improved or remains unchanged. However, some counties in the nation’s heartland have seen a significant decrease in female life expectancy.

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Women

Life
expect.
in 2010

Change
since
1985

US

80.8

3.0

Men

Life
expect.
in 2010

Change
since
1985

US

76.1

5.2

Female life expectancy, 1985-2010
Significant decrease
No significant change
Significant increase

A significant increase or decrease indicates a change of more than 1.2 years

Although overall life expectancy is increasing in the U.S., it’s not keeping pace with other developed countries.

Life expectancy at birth

Top 10 causes of premature death in the United States

SOURCE: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington.