The Urban Advantage
Settling down away from the hubbub of a big city may seem like a slower, less taxing way of life. But in reality, Americans in urban areas tend to live longer than those in rural places. Better access to healthcare and higher paying jobs help explain it. Of course, COVID-19 affected mortality rates and life expectancy for the country at large. Recent estimates found a dramatic drop of a full year to 77.8 years during the first half of 2020. Experts are optimistic life expectancy will bounce back to a pre-pandemic 78.8 years. But where you live can seriously affect how many orbits around the sun you get. Here's how long you can expect to live in America's 25 most populous cities.