The healthiest regions in the United States
In analyzing the nation's health across three different categories — lifespan, obesity and physical activity — the good news comes with the bad. Men are generally living longer, but in a few select counties, women's lifespans are decreasing. From 2001 to 2009, physical activity was on the rise, but so was obesity. Read related article.
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.
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.