Does It Really Matter Where You Live?
Submitted by S. F. Ehrlich Associates, Inc. on January 3rd, 2018
December 31, 2017
As a matter of fact, in terms of life expectancy, where you live matters a lot, but only if you agree that an increase in life expectancy of up to 20 additional years is significant.
According to an analysis1 of census data between 1980-2014, over the course of the subject time period, life expectancy at birth in the US increased by 5.3 years (73.8 to 79.1). Men added 6.7 years (70 to 76.7) while women added 4 years (77.5 to 81.5).
If you look at a color-coded map depicting life expectancy by county, the story takes on a different meaning, because life expectancy across the US is far from uniform. If you’re fortunate enough to be born in the county with the longest life expectancy (Summit County, CO), you can expect to live an astounding 86.8 years. Tragically, being born in other parts of America (i.e. parts of North & South Dakota, West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, or Alabama) life expectancy drops by as much as 20 years.
Risk factors that explained 74% of the variation in longevity include obesity, lack of exercise, smoking, hypertension, and diabetes. Socioeconomic factors (i.e. poverty, income, education, unemployment, and race) were significant in explaining 60% of the variation, while access to quality health care was a factor in 27% of the gap.
If you think you live in an area that’s not conducive to a healthy lifestyle and environment, move. Your life may depend on it.
1 Dwyer-Lindgren, Laura, et al. “Inequalities in Life Expectancy Among US Counties, 1980 to 2014: Temporal Trends and Key Drivers.” Journal of the American Medical Association, July 2017.
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