The Lifespan of Rural Women in 2009
The average age at death for women living in four out of five rural and exurban counties is lower than the national average.
The average age at death for women in the U.S. in 2009 was 81.3 years. But that age was reached in only 540 rural or exurban counties in 2009 out of more than 2,500.
The map above shows women's life expectancy in 2009 in all rural and exurban counties. (Exurban counties are part of urban regions, but they are places where at least half of the residents live in rural settings.) The dark green counties are those where women live longer than the national average.
Light green counties are where women in 2009 lived to an average age above 80 years.
In the dark red counties, women lived, on average, fewer than 77 years.
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The pattern in this map follows that for rural men. (See Yonder story on the average age of death for rural men here.) Rural residents in the upper Midwest live considerably longer lives than those in the Southeast.
Below are the rural and exurban counties with the longest life expectancy for women in 2009.
And here are the rural and exurban counties with the shortest life expectancy for women in 2009.