2 Louisiana cities are on the list of communities with the lowest life expectancy in the United States. This list was compiled by the Centers for Disease Control. The experts looked at several factors including access to health care.


Life expectancy in the U.S. is down 1.8 years since 2020. The last time we saw such an extreme two-year decline was way back in 1921 to 1923.

More Demographic Numbers from CDC on Life Expectancy

The report shows "women’s life expectancy from 2020 to 2021 fell from 79.9 to 79.1 years, while men’s dropped from 74.2 to 73.2 years. Racial disparities tell an even more dire story, as non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native individuals saw a 1.9-year drop in life expectancy to 65.2 years, while life expectancy for non-Hispanic Black people fell from 71.5 years in 2020 to 70.8 in 2021."

Lafayette, LA checks in at # 18 on the list with a life expectancy of 76.4. Shreveport is #19 on this list with a life expectancy of 76.4.

In fact, if you check the full list, almost all of the cities are in the southern part of the country.

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Why Is Our Life Expectancy Down?

The CDC says this has been a perfect storm involving the COVID-19 pandemic along with drug overdoses along with an increase in deaths from violent crime.

What Are Some of the Factors Studied?

The CDC says more Americans don't have access to healthy foods and many more don't have access to decent health care. About 12% of Americans have no health insurance and only seek treatment when things get very serious.

What Are the Cities with the Longest Life Expectancy?

  1. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT (83)
  2. San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA (82.9)
  3. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (82.8)
  4. New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA (82.6)
  5. Urban Honolulu, HI (82.5)

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