by Patrick Appel
Bill Gardner flags an article [paywalled] that found “female mortality rates increased in 42.8% of counties (male mortality rates increased in only 3.4%).” The geographic breakdown of female mortality rates is mapped above:
This trend is amazing in a historical context. Overall US life expectancy had been increasing steadily over the decades. Before seeing data like these, I had the simple view that increasing life expectancy was part of a general increase in human well-being, powered by the steady growth in economic well-being. In fact, US GDP per capita increased from $24,400 in 1992 to $44,600 in 2006 (in current US $). This is a huge shot for the average American (although it was less for the median American). But a large subgroup of women was apparently left behind.