Community Snapshot

Fairly rural and scattered around the country, these 364 counties are full of retirees and those nearing retirement age.

Graying America is home to 15.9 million people. These counties are not very diverse; nearly 80% of the population is white. Education is fairly average here, with 23% of the population holding a bachelor’s degree. Healthcare is harder to come by in these areas, with an additional 393 people per primary care physician than the national average. Additionally, injury deaths are particularly high here, 94 compared to the national average of 65 deaths due to injury per 100,000 people. Despite a high percentage of the population meeting retirement age, unemployment hovers slightly above the national average by about 1%.

Senior population

24% Age 62 and older

Vol. 3 2020-2021

Deaths of Despair Across America

The American Communities Project is undertaking a 30-month study of Deaths of Despair in its 15 community types.

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