Special Report

US Metro Areas With the Shortest Life Expectancy

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20. Decatur, AL
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 75.1
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 21.1% — 89th highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 35.0% — 102nd highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 21.6% — 78th highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 10.3% — 124th highest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $53,447 — 103rd lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 15.5% — 104th highest of 384 metros

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19. Hot Springs, AR
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 75.1
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 22.7% — 45th highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 28.8% — 95th lowest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 22.7% — 50th highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 11.0% — 104th highest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $45,265 — 16th lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 17.4% — 60th highest of 384 metros

18. Columbus, GA-AL
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 75.0
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 21.0% — 92nd highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 37.2% — 51st highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 19.6% — 171st highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 9.9% — 134th highest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $49,013 — 45th lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 16.5% — 74th highest of 384 metros

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17. Carson City, NV
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 75.0
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 20.6% — 103rd highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 30.9% — 152nd lowest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 19.8% — 158th highest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 14.8% — 28th highest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $57,270 — 157th lowest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 12.5% — 178th lowest of 384 metros

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16. Odessa, TX
> Life expectancy at birth (years): 74.9
> Adults reporting poor or fair health: 24.0% — 22nd highest of 384 metros
> Adult obesity rate: 37.3% — 50th highest of 384 metros
> Smoking rate: 17.1% — 111th lowest of 384 metros
> Population without health insurance: 21.8% — 5th highest of 384 metros
> Median household income: $67,205 — 93rd highest of 384 metros
> Poverty rate: 10.4% — 85th lowest of 384 metros