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McDowell vs. Fairfax County: 350 Miles and a World Apart

Train Derails in McDowell County
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We've reported a lot about declining life expectancy in some Appalachian counties, including the place with among the lowest life expectancies in America: McDowell County.

Now, the New York Times' Annie Lowrey has a powerful story comparing life expectancy in McDowell County to that of Fairfax County, Va. It's just 350 miles difference, but a world apart.

From The New York Times:

Income Gap, Meet the Longevity Gap

Two counties, separated by fortune and 350 miles, demonstrate the widening divide in life expectancy between affluent and struggling areas of the United States.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/business/income-gap-meet-the-longevity-gap.html


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