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Gap in Rural and Urban Death Rates Tripled from 2009 to 2019

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the gap between the death rates of rural and urban U.S. residents tripled over the past two decades as city-dwellers enjoyed access to healthcare and innovations in medicine, while drugs and disease pervaded the countryside. Death rates dropped in all groups except middle-aged rural white people and Native American people.

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