3 Florida Cities Named the Worst for Life Expectancy
It’s always interesting to see new life expectancy rates. I’m always curious if I live in an area with a high or low expectancy, because that’s obviously an indicator of an overall healthy environment. Well, as it turns out, three Florida cities have been named the worst for life expectancy in the United States.
A new report is out via Finance.yahoo.com. It looks at 40 cities with the lowest expectancy rates in the United States. According to the study, “Average lifespan in the US climbed from just 47 years in 1900 to nearly 79 in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic struck. After that, it saw a decline for two consecutive years, driven by increased cases of drug overdose and effects of Covid-19 according to a report by Harvard University.” They add that life expectancy in the United States went way down to 77 years in 2020. Then, it went down to 76 years in 2021. The good news, though, is that in 2022, expectancy rebounded to 77.5 years. Those numbers are via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The worst city in America for life expectancy is Jackson, Mississippi. So, what about our state? Jacksonville is No. 11 on the list with an expectancy of 76.1. “Residents in Jacksonville have a lifespan at birth which is less than both the state and the national averages,” the study states. Also, No. 22 is Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent with an expectancy of 76.5. The article states, “According to Geostat, about 10.5% of the population suffers from diabetes, while one-thirds have high blood pressure. More than 29% of the residents in Pensacola have obesity.” Finally, No. 27 is Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach at 76.8. “The Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach metropolitan statistical area in Florida is among cities with the lowest life expectancy in the US with an average lifespan that is nine months shorter than the national average,” the article says. Find the full list here.