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A deeper look at lagging life expectancy in the U.S.
The average life expectancy in the United States, over time.
June 15th, 2011
04:54 PM ET

A deeper look at lagging life expectancy in the U.S.

You may have read that many counties in the United States lag behind some of the top nations of the world in terms of life expectancy and, especially for women, it doesn't appear to be substantially increasing over time.

The United States consistently falls behind other industrialized countries in this department, despite spending more on health care than any other nation.

Experts point to smoking and obesity as possible explanations. In fact, Columbia University's Frank Lichtenberg told CNN in 2009 that "Americans would be living six months longer today than they currently are if obesity had not increased as much as it has since 1991."

Here's a deeper look at some of this new life expectancy data, which comes from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, in Seattle:

The worst counties for men had similar or lower life expectancies than countries such as Guatemala, Fiji, El Salvador, Lithuania and Pakistan.

WORST COUNTIES FOR MEN

1. Holmes County, Mississippi (65.9 years)
2. Quitman County, Mississippi (66 years)
3. Tunica County, Mississippi (66 years)
4. McDowell County, West Virginia (66.3 years)
5. Humphreys County, Mississippi (66.5 years)

The most discouraging part of the report seems to be for women. Study authors found that since 1997, women's life expectancy has slipped or failed to rise in more than 850 counties. For men, it was 84 counties. And in the counties that are the worst for women, life expectancy is comparable to or below countries such as Paraguay, Ukraine, Guatemala and Algeria.

WORST COUNTIES FOR WOMEN

1. Holmes County, Mississippi (73.5 years)
2. Sunflower County, Mississippi (73.6 years)
3. Humphreys County, Mississippi (74.1 years)
4. Quitman County, Mississippi (74.1 years)
5. Sharkey County, Mississippi (74.1 years

The report wasn't all bad news. It turns out that men in a handful of counties in the United States actually have a longer life expectancy than men in any nation of the world.

THE BEST COUNTIES FOR MEN

1. Fairfax County, Virginia (81.1 years)
2. Marin County, California (80.8 years)
3. Montgomery County, Maryland (80.7 years)
4. Santa Clara County, California (80.6 years)
5. Douglas County, Colorado (80.3 years)

Men in those places live longer, on average, than men in Iceland, who live to be 80.2 years on average.

No U.S. county surpasses Japanese women's life expectancy of 86.2, which is the highest in the world. The closest county in the United States is Collier County, Florida, at 86 years. Here are the top five counties for women:

THE BEST COUNTIES FOR WOMEN

1. Collier County, Florida (86 years)
2. Teton County, Wyoming (84.7 years)
3. San Mateo County, California (84.5 years)
4. Marin County, California (84.5 years)
5. Montgomery County, Maryland (84.5 years)


soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Mtnjim

    Yup, best health care system in the world.
    /snark off

    June 15, 2011 at 18:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Steve

      Health care is not a solution. The problems lie in the people themselves. I wish everyone would look to blaming themselves first before trying to find a scapegoat. If you want to live the best you can, eat right, exercise, and brush and floss your teeth. It is quite simple, really, but it seems the majority in the US have given up on staying fit.

      I know a string of girls that are 25 to 35 and are overweight. They don't want to be, but they don't do what they need to do. Occasionally dieting doesn't work. Occasional exercise doesn't work either. You need to maintain a healthy diet at all times and a regular exercise program if you don't do manual labor.

      June 16, 2011 at 02:00 | Report abuse |
    • Rojopa

      What a stupid statement to make! The article mentioned people being overweight as the possible cause of lower life expectancy. And I must say, that it is my observation that people are overweight and fat.

      June 16, 2011 at 07:09 | Report abuse |
    • Jeff B

      Part of the reason IS health care. The other reason is obesity. So the question is why are we so obese in the United States? I think one of the reasons is that we work more hours than any other industrialized economy and have the shortest vacation times. This tends to make one plop down on the couch when you get home because you have no energy instead of engaging in a recreational activity. I think another reason is that we subsidize poor quality food items in the United States (i.e. sugar and corn which goes into high fructose corn syrup). We also don't regulate big corporations that market crap to children.

      By the way you CAN'T blame smoking for this trend. My experience has been that Europeans for example smoke A LOT more than Americans (especially the French).

      June 16, 2011 at 07:49 | Report abuse |
    • wilbur

      A person needs about 3 handfuls of food per day. Everything past that you need Prilosec.

      June 16, 2011 at 10:17 | Report abuse |
    • Chuckie M

      I agree with Steve that it is our own fault for our poor health, yes obesity and smoking play a big part. Stress would also be a huge factor in our health, living a stressful life from 18 to 65 will significantly lower your life expectancy. Yes its hard to deal with things, but knowing how to deal with stress and being calm will help you in the overall run. People need to learn to be happy and if you can't be happy learn how to control your anger better :).

      June 16, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse |
    • Greg Lock

      Do we really want to live past 80? Its not like health Science is allowing us to live like we are in our 20's at age 80, rather we get to live like we are 80, feel this old, have all the health problems and hinderances, yet have to face living in stinky old folks well into the years that our mental capabilities have left us. G.. forbid you are actually lucid and fully experience the endless days of sitting, waiting, staring at the tv, and the humiliation of having someone else clean and move you, with the only break being the one or two hours your kids set asside to visit you each month and if you don't have kids, too bad death is your only relief. Wheres my gun, da..it that nurse stole it again, if I could hear better I could catch in in the act.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:13 | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Living in your 80's is fine, I watched my grandfather have a wonderful life all the way to 96. Just because you think older people are miserable does NOT at all mean they are. My grandfather was productive even from a wheelchair, volunteering, and organizing events at his assisted living facility. He finally fell and broke his hip one night, and passed away peacefully within a few days once it was clear he would not be able to get up out of bed again. Now that is a good life, right there, right to the end. Sign me up, I want to see my 90's and perhaps even triple digits.

      Re health care, yes it is true that our access to health care is becoming less and less. I have a swollen hand right now, just don't want to try fight my way to the doc. I had a suspect mammo earlier this year, health insurance would pay ZERO of the followup visit. I now owe thousands, and it was nothing thankfully. But I sure don't want to have another followup. Health insurance companies are just the devil, anyone who works in that industry, sits behind a computer and is well paid, you are killing others. We need a complete reform and make it all socialized. It's just the right thing to do. The poor older ladies in Mississippi I'm sure have just given up trying to get to the doc with all these hoops and expenses.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:23 | Report abuse |
    • Chris H

      The only country in the western world that does not provide universal health care has the shortest life expectancy. The richest counties have the longest life expectancy. Wow! What a huge surprise! Let me explain in simple terms for the politicians confused by this: in America when you run out of money you tend to die, the incentive in the medical industry is to take money, not keep people well. So poor people run out of money earlier and die younger. But that's OK, politicians have free health care for life, but they can't give that to the rest of us because it just wouldn't be right. What a country.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:33 | Report abuse |
    • lilgtogirl

      Well where would we be without Steve here commenting on the world. No offense Steve, but I am guessing a guy sitting on his a*s commenting is also a little fattie judging the world. If you were a fitness person you would just shut up and go for a jog. Maybe its the fact that Americans are judgmental prats that kill them off. In that case Steve will be going any second.

      June 16, 2011 at 11:43 | Report abuse |
    • missp

      Yup, obesity in the black population is out of control. Seriously, the demographics of these counties speak for themselves. For example, 80% of black women are overweight and 50% are obese. That's insane.

      June 16, 2011 at 15:17 | Report abuse |
  2. wino

    For the US, I bet is based on the type of alcohol. Wine is better than RippleM
    . Sake is the best.

    June 15, 2011 at 19:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      I think a stronger correlation would be decrease in intelligence, education, and increase in religious faith for obesity

      June 16, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse |
  3. JLS639

    This is a deeper look? Than what, the headline?

    June 15, 2011 at 19:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • buckup

      stop whining. here is the website I figured out based on what is below the headline. I looked it up for you, try it.

      http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org

      June 15, 2011 at 21:46 | Report abuse |
  4. buckup

    Republican healthcare in Mississippi seems to be on target.

    June 15, 2011 at 21:43 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wally

      soon spreading to a community near you.

      June 16, 2011 at 07:16 | Report abuse |
  5. Elise

    I think even life expectancy is increased, the quality of life in terms of physical and mental health should be improved too. If a person is not happy with his or her own life, a long life is meaningless. Holy Ziguang Shang Shi's Maha Meditation can help people to achieve both health and longevity, and help people find the purpose of life. If our people can always be content and healthy, then our country can surpass many others in the world.

    June 15, 2011 at 21:51 | Report abuse | Reply
    • FairGarden

      Elise, a perv nation like USA won't surpass any other. You guys are regressing now.

      June 15, 2011 at 22:44 | Report abuse |
    • Yawn

      @ FairGarden: My read on the graph is that the trend continues to increase, just not as quickly for the US. Hmm, not the same as "declining". Further, this toxic garbage and toxic experiments, I guess they are only affecting the U.S.?

      June 16, 2011 at 07:17 | Report abuse |
    • wally

      from cradle to grave our lives are run by the corporations. it starts with big brother physohex bathing the newborn, and coke and pepsi nourishing it in front of the tube with synthetic clothes on, polluted air which the koch brothers provide free of charge, and asbestos and lead and plastic bottles in the microwave, cheap firearms and lax daycare. it all adds up and takes it's toll. it's a wonder we live as long as we do.

      June 16, 2011 at 07:21 | Report abuse |
  6. FairGarden

    The life expectancy will continue dropping if the planet keeps suffering from mankinds' toxic garbage and toxic experiments. We should care more for children's future instead of self's leisure time or life expectancy. It's better off for the planet if mankind stays home quietly, except for important missions that must be done.

    June 15, 2011 at 22:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • KAK

      @FairGarden. What exactly do you mean by a "perv nation" in your previous response? One can live righteously and die young, and one can live a long and happy life utilizing every vice every created by mankind. I've watched you troll your way across the websites spewing your vile hate at others not like you, and personally, I believe that those who hold on to hate and spew it venomously towards those they don't even know have the shortest life expectancy. I hope you have good health care.

      June 16, 2011 at 01:08 | Report abuse |
    • Yawn

      @ FairGarden: My read on the graph is that the trend continues to increase, just not as quickly for the US. Hmm, not the same as "declining". Further, this toxic garbage and toxic experiments, I guess they are only affecting the U.S.?

      June 16, 2011 at 07:18 | Report abuse |
    • wally

      yes, i think longevity has peaked in america. the few safety nets remaining are being dismantled so that the rich can have their privileges. in the new age of techno-serfdom, only the rich in their gated communities with their massage therapists and acupuncurists and golf courses will live long and survive the oil spills and nuclear meltdowns that the rest of us must cope with.

      June 16, 2011 at 07:39 | Report abuse |
  7. squirk

    Long life expectancy-I don't want it: It's too expensive.

    June 16, 2011 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • wilbur

      Tax Food as You would Tax Cigarettes

      June 16, 2011 at 10:10 | Report abuse |
  8. LEB

    In other words... Mississippi sucks. Didn't we already know that, though?

    June 16, 2011 at 02:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. nursetabers

    The CNN study completely ignores the demographics of race. From there you need to look at genetics and economic levels and access to healthcare as well alcohol, drugs, obesity, smoking and other factors.
    WORST COUNTIES FOR WOMEN
    1.Holmes County, Mississippi (73.5 years) 20.47% White, 78.66% Black or African American
    2. Sunflower County, Mississippi (73.6 years) 28.88% White, 69.86% Black or African American
    3. Humphreys County, Mississippi 27.17% (74.1 years) White, 71.51% Black or African American
    4. Quitman County, Mississippi 30.47% (74.1 years) White, 68.62% Black or African American
    5. Sharkey County, Mississippi (74.1 years) 29.36% White, 69.32% Black or African American

    June 16, 2011 at 04:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • shame

      How dare you suggest race would play a factor?

      Racist!

      June 16, 2011 at 05:42 | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      I hope you are joking Shame. Of course race plays a factor in lifespan.

      June 16, 2011 at 05:56 | Report abuse |
    • Yawn

      looking at the percentage breakdown means nothing. You insinuate that because of the high Black population, that they are bringing down the numbers and the White group would be greater longevity. The picture would be clearer with a listed life expectancy for both groups and economic breakdown for both groups.

      June 16, 2011 at 07:23 | Report abuse |
    • JoeyE

      oh really? I'm a white man.. I don't blame on African-American since their population is FAR smaller than Hispanics! African-American's population is only less than 15 million people in the USA.. do the math! 75% are white people.. 25% is other races (included African-American).

      guess what.. that stats show on CNN is OVERALL IN A WHOLE USA! what's your excuse? I see many white people who are obese too!

      June 16, 2011 at 08:15 | Report abuse |
  10. melanie

    Nursetabers' comments are not racist,they are reality. The fact is that life expectancy lags for African Americans in this country because of a long history of lack of access to health care, a poor diet that is related to consumption of cheap, fast calories, and poverty that serves as an obstacle to well being in general. Pointing to race as a factor is not racist; it is responsible. Mississippi has the highest rate of obesity in the country, and obesity – and particularly morbid obesity - considerably shorten life. The answer is not so much diet and exercise, which puts the onus on individuals. The answer is better food policy - better quality food that is not laced with sugar, school lunches that are actually nutritious, access to fresh produce instead of Taco Bell - and an end to subsidies of corn and diary,which make fast food a cheap alternative to wholesome fare. It's a complex issue with a complex solutions, and name-calling is just plain silly.

    June 16, 2011 at 06:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yawn

      The major determinant is not proven to be race, but life style/socio-economic status. Other races or indivduals with the behaviors you list would have similar results. I'd be more inclined to say the umbrella of poverty encompasses the factors leading to a shortened life span.

      June 16, 2011 at 07:28 | Report abuse |
    • wally

      economic status is probably the biggest determiner of longevity. and with the redistribution of wealth to the upper 5% over the last 30 years, we are seeing two americas emerge.

      June 16, 2011 at 07:45 | Report abuse |
    • JoeyE

      oh really? I'm a white man.. I don't blame on African-American since their population is FAR smaller than Hispanics! African-American's population is only less than 15 million people in the USA.. do the math! 75% are white people.. 25% is other races (included African-American).

      June 16, 2011 at 08:10 | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    The areas where people live longest are places where the education level is generally high, and exercise and healthy living is a part of the local culture. The places where people live shortest are Mississippi (and I suspect that the entire non coastal south is in a similar boat).

    Not TOO surprising.

    June 16, 2011 at 06:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. MacAtDBB

    I wonder if it is valid to compare the top county life expectancy in the US with national averages elsewhere to validate the assertion that people in some US counties live longer than people in any other nation in the world? This compares the peak subsets in the US with broad national averages elsewhere (averages that include both regional peaks and troughs) – it might be a more powerful statement if the top county life expectancies in the US exceeded those in similarly sized subdivisions in other nations.

    June 16, 2011 at 06:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. BH in MA

    So poor people die sooner because they can't afford decent healthcare, decent food, decent homes and they work jobs that are more dangerous and harder on their bodies. Is this a surprise to anyone?

    June 16, 2011 at 06:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. I have Zero Body Fat, Why Don't You?

    America, land of the free and home of the brave consumers of processed foods, cigarettes, alcohol and stationary lifestyles in cars. The life expectancy is lagging because we have millions of lazy slobs who can't be bothered to walk instead of ride in a car for a quart of chocolate milk. Let them die. They are killing themselves with their lifestyles; Their lifestyle is a choice and since we are so free, let them die! Let them kill themselves. We don;t need the disgusting gut busting weight of sub par Americans holding us back. The sooner they die off, the better off our economy will be.

    June 16, 2011 at 07:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Yawn

      "lazy slobs" is certainly an emotional not logical statement. Plenty of people, if not most, take the most convenient route, so not many people are walking. I also think that the driving instead of walking is not dominated by the search for cholate milk and the like. In addition, that short-lived person you want to let die may be the one who could cure cancer or get America turned away from fossil fuels. Most people are not spending most of their day eating you know. or do you?

      June 16, 2011 at 07:35 | Report abuse |
  15. Jennifer

    So... the worst counties are worse than the national averages of any other Western country, and the best counties are better than that same number. The findings may be interesting, but the only thing they prove is that it's ridiculous to compare a small region to the national average of a different country. Even if there weren't lifestyle issues such as smoking and obesity to consider, it still wouldn't be possible to draw conclusions about any country's medical system without knowing more about regional disparities in life expectancy in the rest of the world.

    June 16, 2011 at 07:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Big Mike

    I am 323 lbs and love to eat. When I die, I die. In the meantime, give me another Big Mac and fries. !!!

    June 16, 2011 at 07:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. POD

    Check out the average incomes in the best and worst counties.......rich people live longer.....probably because they want to.....poor people head for the exits ASAP

    June 16, 2011 at 07:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. roshev32

    Hi, Sanjay, don't forget Asian women in Bergen County, New Jersey, with a life expectancy of 91 years. Granted it is not the whole county, but it certainly is an interesting statistic!

    June 16, 2011 at 08:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. American Citizen27@yahoo.com

    This story differs significantly from one I read yesterday so far as figures are concerned. That article showed a great disparity where women were losing this battle at a much higher rate:
    "Since 1997, women's life expectancy has slipped or failed to rise in more than 850 counties (compared to just 84 counties for men), including 82% of the counties in Oklahoma, 66% in Tennessee, and 59% in Kentucky."
    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/06/15/life.expectancy.united.states/index.html

    This article seems to be responding to reaction from the other one to lessen the significance of it. Hmm.

    June 16, 2011 at 08:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. JoeyE

    simple... Ban junk food, Ban MSG, Ban unhealthy fat food! and focus exercise daily
    also carbohydrates KILL!!!

    June 16, 2011 at 08:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. American Citizen27@yahoo.com

    American men are generally dumping older wives for younger women or men. Not that this is a remarkably unusual social result, but that behavior is increasing pretty rapidly. And since I am female and older, I would like to enjoy equal opportunity to success just as most men do. The problem is I don't think that women ever will in the United States, while we go around the globe telling others how to live – women have never had parity here in this nation. How can we instruct other nations on that issue, then, when it has never been realized in the United States?

    June 16, 2011 at 08:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. wilbur

    look at the statistics BY RACE ! Its a black thing...................

    June 16, 2011 at 10:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. CommonSense

    The overgrown child eating habit is the problem. Here, have another 32 ounce bucket of Pepsi, just full of modified corn starch. Hey America, not even the sugar is real!!!
    It's always the simple ignorance of the average American who just can't grow up. The 50 year old male is still eating hot dogs and hamburgers, just like when he was 8 years old. He still thinks that steak is a sign of affluence. It's called Cultural Retardation. Well done, "greatest nation on earth" !
    And, I thought America is the "greatest". "American exceptional-ism" is the latest ignorance being spread to the ignorant. Of course, America is the greatest at everything. Well, excluding Health, Happiness, Quality of life, Education, and every other major positive factor.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mach_Five_HD

      Someone needs to stuff a greasy, fat-dripping, calorie laden, bacon-double stack in this flap-trap and quiet the self-righteous arrogance that is being promulgated by you and your ilk. I have the FREEDOM OF CHOICE and can choose any “lifestyle” I see fit! If it bothers you now, just think when you, your children, and their children have to pay higher taxes to “cover” my medical expenses for my years of gluttony and self indulgence! Would you like fries with that?

      June 16, 2011 at 13:38 | Report abuse |
  24. ActuarialAdvice

    I am assuming these statistics are life expectancy at birth (e.g. a newborn who presumably lives his or her entire life in these counties lives to these ages). Every risk at every age affects life expectancy. Healthcare is particularly relevant at very young ages (preventing deaths below age 5) and very old ages (warding off the diseases of age). Not mentioned in these articles, or as far as I was able to tell, in the comments, is the murder rate in the US. Young men, especially the disadvantaged, have an extremely high possbility of being murdered. I believe it is the number one cause of death in black males around age 20. Deaths at these ages factor into the drop in the average age of death.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. 2brok2kar

    And since Medicare and other supplemental health care providers refuse to pay for the possible life-saving, life-extending drugs, people continue to die prematurely from these diseases because they cannot afford the costs. For all the money that government spends on it's self-serving nonsense, some needs to be spent on the people's needs. If a politician wants to win an election..let him bring up this subject and actually do something to improve it. Our wonderful current government wants to make things even worse and I wonder if it isn't their subtle "population control"!

    June 16, 2011 at 12:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Jayleigh

    Something these articles never address is race. America is a melting pot. what does that mean? That everyone has a different genetic makeup, and the ethnic makeups all come together for these averages. Those Counties listed are all Predominantly Black. Yes Obesity runs rampant, but we may be comparing apples to oranges. Comparing predominantly white/asian countries with Black countries would be a poor argument. Also is comparing our country to theirs, when our numbers are skewed by these genetic variations.

    June 16, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Mach_Five_HD

    Overall, it would seem that this may be considered a “blessing in disguise” and come as welcome news for some folks. Personally, I am encouraged by this news because it means; fewer years of dealing with crappy health and less money spent on an “old folk’s home” or as many kids today say “Assisted Living Facility” and essentially a hospital food diet! Additionally, these are the years when you become dependent on someone else to bathe you, change your diaper “Depends” while reminding you of your family members names when they come (if they come) to visit your sorry behind once they commit you to the “Home”. So, all-in-all not a bad outlook for the future...I think I’ll have another country fried steak biscuit and some seasoned Jo-jo’s for lunch and finish off the day with a long-pour of Bourbon and a full-flavor cigarette while rocking on the porch!

    June 16, 2011 at 13:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Just_Honesty

    I would much rather have the option of waiving anyone from liability or responsibility of my death, as long as I could be provided with, and also as long as I PAID IN CASH OUT OF MY OWN POCKET, the right to a comfortable, and organized assisted suicide, I have seen FOUR GRANDPARENTS die slowly and the mercilessly at the horrible hands of American Health Care, it was awful, it was disgraceful, and then all of the relatives were footed with the bill in the end. If I'm on my way out and I know it, then for the love of christ, just let me go.

    June 16, 2011 at 13:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. dragon8me

    Funny how life expectancy is higher in states that have medical cannabis. It just proves that cannabinoids are vital to good health.

    June 16, 2011 at 14:17 | Report abuse | Reply
    • 2brok2kar

      Good for what ails ya...but too bad, can't smoke a bowl but it's ok to kill a fifth. Who makes these stupid rules????

      June 16, 2011 at 14:38 | Report abuse |
  30. Jorge

    In a nutshell, Mississippi sucks.

    June 16, 2011 at 15:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. missp

    Why would they take the poorest counties and compare them to other countries. US life expectancy is rising and if you control it by race, white Americans have a very similar life expectancy to other European nations. African Americans definitely live longer than actual Africans too. This is just another article that makes America look bad. On the other hand other countries avoid publishing articles like this because they don't want to be embarrassed. The UK doesn't bother to print the numbers on how much more white people get paid in their country compared to blacks.

    June 16, 2011 at 15:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. WOBH

    Mississippi has a warm climate while the northern states were people live longer are colder. Put a tomato on the counter and one in the fridge and see which lasts longer.

    June 16, 2011 at 15:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Kallen

    This just goes to show that eating all that convenient fast food will eventually catch up to us.. No wonder health care is so expensive.

    June 16, 2011 at 15:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. anon

    Best life expectancy: Fairfax. Not surprising, with the government workers.

    June 16, 2011 at 17:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. David

    I'll probably die sooner. I'm only in high school but the amount of work that they make us do just to get into college makes me want to die. I barely get any sleep and can't even eat properly because I just don't have the time. Add college and employment after that and I'll barely make it to 50 at this rate.

    June 16, 2011 at 21:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. fernace

    We have one of the most expensive healthcare systems in the world. Unfortunately that doesn't necessarily translate to the best or most efficient. In fact healthcare is still percieved as a "want", not a "need" in too many households. Also , does this statistic take peoples socio-economic backgrounds in account. I can guarantee a person who has had a relatively low stress lifestyle, with ample healthcare in Marin Co. is more likely to have a longer lifespan than a high stress, povertystricken person in Mississippi. Until we provide all citizens with affordable, universal healthcare we will continue to be behind! We're also behind in education, any correlation?

    June 17, 2011 at 11:13 | Report abuse | Reply

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