Special Report

The 40 US Cities With the Shortest Life Expectancy

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5. Pine Bluff, Arkansas
> Life expectancy: 73.6 years — 5.5 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 39.3% — 12nd out of 382
> Smoking rate: 21.3% — 18th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 34.9% — 4th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 7.2% — 226th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 23.6% — 6th out of 382
> Population: 89,437

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4. Charleston, West Virginia
> Life expectancy: 73.3 years — 5.8 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 38.0% — 21st out of 382
> Smoking rate: 21.4% — 15th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 28.5% — 82nd out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 5.9% — 281st out of 382
> Poverty rate: 17.1% — 64th out of 382
> Population: 257,814

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3. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Alabama
> Life expectancy: 73.0 years — 6.1 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 38.5% — 16th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 20.6% — 30th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 31.7% — 24th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 11.1% — 96th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 17.3% — 62nd out of 382
> Population: 113,605

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2. Gadsden, Alabama
> Life expectancy: 73.0 years — 6.1 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 35.5% — 72nd out of 382
> Smoking rate: 20.1% — 39th out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 34.1% — 7th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 13.2% — 46th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 19.7% — 25th out of 382
> Population: 102,268

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1. Beckley, West Virginia
> Life expectancy: 73.0 years — 6.1 less than US average
> Obesity rate: 39.4% — 11th out of 382
> Smoking rate: 24.7% — 1st out of 382
> Adults who don’t exercise regularly: 31.2% — 37th out of 382
> Adults without health insurance: 7.2% — 226th out of 382
> Poverty rate: 17.9% — 47th out of 382
> Population: 115,767

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