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Study: McDowell County women have lowest life expectancy in nation

WELCH (WVVA) - According to a recent National Geographic article -- McDowell County has the lowest life expectancy for women in the entire United States.

According to the article, titled "Ladies Last," the average age for McDowell County women is 74.

The highest was Collier County, Fla., which has an average life expectancy of 86.

Medical professionals at the Tug River Health Association in McDowell County say they believe the low life expectancy is due to drug use, lack of medical resources, and stress from lack of job opportunities in the county.

View county-by-county statistics from National Geographic

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