Nine of the 10 counties with the greatest loss of potential life lie within areas with high concentrations of Native Americans, according to a Social Explorer analysis of data compiled by Health Data 2020. More than 29,100 years of potential life are lost for every 100,000 people in Buffalo County, S.D., which is trailed narrowly by Oglala Lakota County, S.D. (28,580 years lost per 100,000 people). Six of the lowest-ranked counties are in the Dakotas; two are in Montana. The only non-Native county with a high rate, Monroe County, Ark., ranked No. 9 and reports more than 1 in 4 residents live in poverty.
The wealthiest counties in the U.S. reported the smallest premature death rates were among the wealthiest. Teton County, Wyo., lost only 2,731 years of life per 100,000 residents. It was followed by Arlington County, Va. (2,789), Eagle County, Colo. (3,057), Pitkin County, Colo. (3,079), and Marin County, Calif. (3,207).
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