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A local look at life expectancy

, by Lauren Easton

An AP analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics, which revealed just how much location can impact life expectancy, has been localized by member news organizations.

The data for more than 65,000 census tracts showed how certain demographic qualities affected life expectancy in most neighborhoods.

This Nov. 29, 2018 photo shows Delbarton, West Virginia, a state that eclipses most others in the percentage of people affected by diabetes, heart disease and obesity. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)

“Life expectancy is surely one of the rawest and most basic forms of inequality, but sometimes overlooked in the full time focus on politics,” AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee said in a tweet. “This is an important AP analysis.”

Newspapers from the Tampa Bay Times to The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and others used the AP data to publish local stories.

Here is a selection of localized reports: