Some Americans expected to live 20 YEARS more than others

Some Americans are expected to live 20 years longer than others, staggering figures reveal.

Despite the United States spending more on healthcare than other leading countries, disparities in care lead to shocking differences in life expectancy rates. 

Counties across the nation can differ as much as two decades in lifespan due to massive inequality in socioeconomic factors.

Residents of Oglala Lakota County, South Dakota, have the lowest life expectancy in the country at 66.8 years, comparable to third-world country Sudan at 67.2 years. 

Meanwhile in Colorado, several areas including Summit County, Pitkin County and Eagle County had the highest life expectancies at 86.8 years, 86.5 and 85.9, respectively. 

Despite the United States spending more on healthcare than other leading countries, disparities in care lead to a shocking 20 year difference in life expectancy rates. Pictured: Map showing life expectancy at birth by county in the US 

The average life expectancy in the United States is 78.94 years as of 2014, an increase from 1980’s 73.61 years.

More than 90 percent of people in Oglala Lakota County are Native American and the annual median income is $26,369, well below the national median income of $53,889. 

In the Colorado counties with the highest life expectancies, the average median income is around $70,500 and the poverty rate is below eight percent. 

This gap of 20 years is larger now than it was back in 1980. Thirteen US counties have shorter life expectancies than their parents did. 

For example, life expectancy at birth in Owsley County, Kentucky, was 72.4 in 1980, dropping to 70.2 in 2014.

Researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle, examined counties and calculated life expectancy from 1980 to 2014.

Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, lead author and researcher at the university, said: ‘Risk factors like obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, and smoking explain a large portion of the variation in lifespans, but so do socioeconomic factors like race, education, and income.’ 

Authors of the study examined factors that contributed to the inequality in life expectancy, including obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, hypertension and diabetes.

These risk factors explained 74 percent of the difference while socioeconomic factors of poverty, income, education, unemployment and race, were independently related to 60 percent of the inequality. 

The study produced maps that showed the difference by counties the striking life expectancy gaps. 

Along the Mississippi River, a majority of people weren’t expected to live past 75. Mostly, the areas that had lowest life expectancy and highest life expectancy were separated by counties with average lifespans.

Typically, the communities that are expected to live longer have higher incomes than the communities that are expected to die sooner. 

The average life expectancy in the United States is at 78.94 years, as of 2014, an increase from 1980’s 73.61 years. Pictured: Map showing change in life expectancy from 1980 to 2014

A recent study found that blacks are living longer due to better access to healthcare but still are dying quicker than whites. 

Despite significant gains made in life expectancy within the black community, African-Americans are expected to die four years earlier than white people.

A report confirmed the death rate for blacks fell 25 percent over 17 years but violence, HIV and heart disease contributed to a quicker death for young black men.

In 2014, life expectancy was 75.6 years for blacks and 79 years for whites, which was an increase since 2000 of 3.8 years for blacks and 1.7 years for whites, the CDC said.

In all, average life expectancy is expected to soar into the 90s in many parts of the world in a decade due to medical advances. 

The US is expected to have one of the lowest rates in the western world as a result of relatively high child and maternal mortality rates, homicides and obesity.

Experts believe that people will eventually survive until they are 120 years old.