Health disparities between Appalachia and the remainder of the United States continue to widen. Between 1990 and 2013, infant mortality was 16% higher than the rest of the country, and the region's life expectancy increased 300% from 0.6 years in 1990-1992 to 2.4 years in 2009-2013. Appalachia is defined as a region that stretches from Mississippi to New York, covering 428 counties in 13 states, that has historically been recognized as a socially and economically disadvantaged region.
These findings were reported in “Widening Disparities In Infant Mortality And Life Expectancy Between Appalachia And The Rest . . .