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Life expectancy in the U.S. varies widely by region, in some places is decreasing
Large swaths of the United States are showing decreasing or stagnating life expectancy even as the nation’s overall longevity trend has continued upwards, according to a county-by-county study of life expectancy over two decades.In one-quarter of the country, girls born today may live shorter lives than their mothers, and the country as a whole is falling behind other industrialized nations in the march toward longer life, according to the study.
Michael, Jason and I are working on an interactive that will allow visitors to see what our society will look like, demographically, in 2030, 2040 and 2050. The study mentioned in this article complicates the picture of rising life expectancies in the United States.