If you’re 57 years old in Stilwell, Oklahoma, congratulations, you’ve beaten the odds.
That’s because, according to a Washington Post story, Stilwell is the worst city in the nation for life expectancy, topping out at 56 years old on average.
Poverty, poor healthcare availability and obesity are just some of the causes, according to the Post. Nationally, life expectancy averages around 79 years. But don’t feel safe just because you aren’t living in Stilwell. Oklahoma is the fourth-worst state in the nation for the very same reasons. Only Alabama, West Virginia and Mississippi are worse.
“We are failing our fellow Oklahomans,” said Jason Nichols of Tahlequah, who is running for Congress against Markwayne Mullin. Stilwell is in the Second District. “We can no longer settle for the status quo if we want to reverse this trend. Health care shouldn’t be a privilege afforded to a select few.”