Special Report

The 40 US Cities With the Shortest Life Expectancy

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10. Rocky Mount, North Carolina
> Life expectancy: 74.6 years — 4.5 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 40.6% — 7th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 19.2% — 69th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 29.8% — 56th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 9.5% — 142nd out of 382
> Poverty rate: 17.2% — 63rd out of 382
> Population: 145,770

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9. Alexandria, Louisiana
> Life expectancy: 74.6 years — 4.5 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 41.1% — 3rd out of 382
> Smoking rate: 22.5% — 6th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 32.2% — 22nd out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 10.1% — 127th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 17.6% — 56th out of 382
> Population: 152,037

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8. Florence, South Carolina
> Life expectancy: 74.1 years — 5.0 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 37.9% — 24th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 18.3% — 103rd out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 32.0% — 23rd out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 11.1% — 96th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 16.9% — 65th out of 382
> Population: 204,911

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7. Springfield, Ohio
> Life expectancy: 73.8 years — 5.2 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 33.7% — 123rd out of 382
> Smoking rate: 21.4% — 14th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 30.5% — 44th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 6.6% — 250th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 14.6% — 124th out of 382
> Population: 134,083

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6. Huntington-Ashland, Kentucky
> Life expectancy: 73.6 years — 5.5 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 37.7% — 26th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 22.0% — 9th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 31.4% — 33rd out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 7.9% — 196th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 16.9% — 65th out of 382
> Population: 355,873

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