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The 40 US Cities With the Shortest Life Expectancy

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25. Fort Smith, Arkansas
> Life expectancy: 75.2 years — 3.9 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 34.0% — 115th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 21.3% — 17th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 32.4% — 18th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 11.1% — 96th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 19.4% — 28th out of 382
> Population: 249,152

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24. Decatur, Alabama
> Life expectancy: 75.2 years — 3.9 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 32.4% — 167th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 19.1% — 71st out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 28.8% — 77th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 10.3% — 121st out of 382
> Poverty rate: 15.5% — 103rd out of 382
> Population: 152,603

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23. Macon, Georgia
> Life expectancy: 75.1 years — 4.0 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 36.9% — 38th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 18.3% — 101st out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 32.6% — 16th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 11.0% — 100th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 19.2% — 31st out of 382
> Population: 231,130

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22. Parkersburg-Vienna, West Virginia
> Life expectancy: 75.1 years — 4.0 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 38.8% — 14th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 23.6% — 2nd out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 28.2% — 89th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 5.6% — 298th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 14.6% — 124th out of 382
> Population: 89,676

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21. Mobile, Alabama
> Life expectancy: 75.1 years — 4.0 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 36.3% — 53rd out of 382
> Smoking rate: 19.4% — 62nd out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 30.6% — 42nd out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 11.2% — 92nd out of 382
> Poverty rate: 17.7% — 54th out of 382
> Population: 428,039

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