WELCH, W.Va. — For a man living in McDowell County, the average age of death is the lowest than in any county in the country.
According to figures released by several organizations, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the average age of death for men in the county is 63.9, well below the 72.1 years for the state and 76.3 for the nation.
Women fare only slightly better, with life expectancy at 72.7, with Perry County, Ky. the only county lower. The state life expectancy for women is 78.03 and the national average is 81.3.
It’s a problem Del. Clif Moore (D-McDowell) is well aware of, has tried to address and continues to try to address, but the path has not been an easy one…