Oklahoma women are living shorter lives than men in most counties

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: May 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014
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photo - In many parts of Oklahoma, life expectancy among women is worsening.
In many parts of Oklahoma, life expectancy among women is worsening.

Women in Oklahoma are living shorter lives in more than half of the counties in Oklahoma, life expectancy data shows.

It’s a pretty jarring number, especially when compared to life expectancy trends among men in Oklahoma.

From 1985 to 2010, the life expectancy among women in 48 of Oklahoma’s counties decreased, according to data collected by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation.

The decreases ranged from -0.1 years in Pawnee County and Kay County to -3.4 years in Beckham County and Harmon County.

Meanwhile, during the same time frame, the life expectancy for men decreased in only one county – Creek County by -0.7 – and stayed the same in Pawnee County.

What’s happening to Oklahoma’s women?

Data experts have noticed decreases in female life expectancy throughout the U.S., as noted in this article


by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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