Startling information. Pulaski County, Virginia had the most dramatic decline in female life expectancy in the entire USA.
Life Expectancy Drops for Some U.S. Women
By David Brown, Washington Post Staff Writer
For the first time since the Spanish influenza of 1918, life expectancy is falling for a significant number of American women.
In nearly 1,000 counties that together are home to about 12 percent of the nation's women, life expectancy is now shorter than it was in the early 1980s, according to a study published today.
The downward trend is evident in places in the Deep South, Appalachia, the lower Midwest and in one county in Maine. It is not limited to one race or ethnicity but it is more common in rural and low-income areas. The most dramatic change occurred in two areas in southwestern Virginia (Radford City and Pulaski County), where women's life expectancy has decreased by more than five years since 1983. (link) (my emphasis)
The study cited, "The Reversal of Fortunes: Trends in County Mortality and Cross-County Mortality Disparities in the United States," can be accessed here.
Why Pulaski? "This is a story about smoking, blood pressure and obesity," said Majid Ezzati, of the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, a co-author of the paper.
Again, why Pulaski?