Special Report

US Metro Areas With the Shortest Life Expectancy

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5. Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 73.5
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 23.2% — 36th highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 39.6% — 17th highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 25.6% — 9th highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 7.9% — 186th lowest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $48,329 — 32nd lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 16.9% — 65th highest of 384 metros

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4. Anniston-Oxford, AL
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 73.5
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 23.7% — 29th highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 39.7% — 12th highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 21.2% — 91st highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 11.1% — 99th highest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $48,156 — 30th lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 17.3% — 62nd highest of 384 metros

3. Gadsden, AL
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 73.3
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 22.0% — 64th highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 36.2% — 73rd highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 23.1% — 38th highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 13.2% — 47th highest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $41,447 — 4th lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 19.7% — 25th highest of 384 metros

2. Charleston, WV
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 73.1
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 22.9% — 43rd highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 38.3% — 32nd highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 26.0% — 4th highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 5.9% — 101st lowest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $47,500 — 25th lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 17.1% — 64th highest of 384 metros

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1. Beckley, WV
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 72.7
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 25.6% — 15th highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 38.9% — 23rd highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 27.9% — the highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 7.2% — 157th lowest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $44,785 — 12th lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 17.9% — 51st highest of 384 metros

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