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As US life expectancies climb, people in a few places are dying younger

May 10, 2017
Five Thirty Eight /

Your life expectancy can vary by as much as 20 years depending on which county in the U.S. you live in. That’s according to new research published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Life expectancy for the country as a whole grew by more than five years from 1980 to 2014, to an average of 79.1 years. During that time, however, some areas saw increases of more than 13 years, while a few others saw declines of up to 2.3 years. This new study adds to a growing body of research showing that race, education, wealth and where you live can help determine how long you will live.