(by Andrew Gelman)
Dan Kahan points me to this news article by Mike Alberti:
Every generation born in the United States has lived longer than the one before, and so it has been easy to assume that the upward trend would continue. But while life expectancy in the country as a whole has continued to rise steadily for the last twenty years, a new study shows that life expectancy for women has actually declined during this period in 313 U.S. counties, most in the Southeast, the Southern Midwest, and Appalachia. Life expectancy for men, by contrast, only declined in six counties (although the study did find that men in these same areas tended to have worse outcomes than men elsewhere). In what some experts have dubbed a public health crisis, these findings mean that children born today in many parts of the United States can expect to live shorter lives than their parents.
Here’s the map:
Changes in years of life expectancy for women in U.S. counties, 1987-2007
Source:Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington