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While life expectancy in most US counties is increasing, there are widening disparities between counties, and US life expectancy is increasing more slowly compared to other countries, especially for women. The researchers call for increased attention on socioeconomic factors such as poverty and education, lack of access to or poor quality of health care, and risk factors such as poor diet, physical inactivity, and smoking to determine why the US has failed to make any progress in reducing disparities at the county level.
Le ft behind: widening disparities for males and females in US county life expectancy, 1985-2010
So rather than locale, you surmised it all down to political leanings?