We often hear that although the US spends twice as much on health care per capita as most other industrialized nations, we don't get much bang for our buck: in terms of infant mortality and life expectancy, the US is near the bottom of the developed world.1
The problem with this concept is that the US is immense, and extremely diverse. Health care statistics aren't the same all over the US. This map illustrates that fact. Lifespan as good as Canada, the UK, the Netherlands? Got that. Lifespan as bad as Qatar, Jamaica, and Uruguay? Got that, too.
Notice the pattern: people live longest in the North, shortest in the South. Florida, as they say, is actually a Northern state.
Variations in health care are not entirely at at issue here. Culture probably counts for something. The South has a generally higher level of interpersonal violence than the North, for example. Boise, Idaho goes for years without a single homicide. Try that in Memphis, or Atlanta. (Not that you're automatically safer in the North. Philadelphia...)
Not entirely the fault of culture, either. The South has higher rates of some infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, probably related to climate.
This map was inspired by this map on the ever-wonderful Strange Maps blog, which renamed states according to the foreign country to which their GDP was closest.
1. It's tempting to plot infant mortality the same way. The problem is that different countries record infant mortality differently, and it's not clear whether the small differences between the developed nations are meaningful.
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