Researchers at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington estimated the life expectancy for each US county from 1980 through 2014 and upon doing so they made an interesting discovery. It was discovered that the life expectancy varies among different US counties, differing by as high as 20 years. It was noted that some counties with the lowest life expectancy were in North and South Dakota including Native American reservations and in some southern states such as Mississippi. The study did not show the cause of these differences. However, research has showed risk factors such as lack of exercise, smoking and genetics can contribute to a person’s health outcome. So the next time you are considering moving to a new location, you might want to the average life expectancy in addition to cost of living and demographics.
By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org