STUDY: Life Expectancy Lower Among Blacks And In Southeastern U.S.

According to a new study, Americans’ life expectancy varies widely based on region and race, particularly in the Southeastern United States. White men born in the ten percent of counties considered the healthiest had a 77 percent chance of living to age 70, but only a 61 percent chance if they were born in the ten percent of counties considered the least healthy.

For black men, the disparity was more pronounced: Only 45 percent would be expected to survive to age 70 in the least healthy counties, while 68 percent would live that long in the most healthy counties. Similar disparities were also found among black and white women depending on where they lived. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention map released last year, the southeast had the highest concentration of counties where at least 30 percent of the population is overweight. As seen in the maps below, the odds of surviving until age 70 are also lowest in the southeast.

The map to the left examines white men, while the map on the right examines black men. The darker the map, the lower the chance of living to age 70:

— Zachary Bernstein