Border Counties Have Some of Texas' Longest Lives

From Friday: In East Texas, lives cut short.

Many of the longest lives in Texas are lived in what would seem to be the least likely place: along the state’s impoverished border with Mexico. Despite conditions that should have the opposite effect — desperately low incomes, a widespread lack of health insurance and poor high school graduation rates — the predominantly Hispanic residents of Hidalgo County live to be 80 years old, two years longer than the United States or Texas average. Residents of other Texas border counties live similarly long lives, according to a preliminary county-by-county analysis by the University ...

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