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A Map of State Life Expectancies (And What Country They're Closest To)
Gizmodo ^ | 4 Feb, 2014 | Gizmodo

Posted on 02/04/2014 9:20:49 AM PST by James C. Bennett

Americans are living longer, healthier lives—79.8 years on average—ranking 35th in the world in terms of life expectancy from birth. But where you live in the United States has a drastic impact on how far over or under the average your personal timeline will be. This illuminating map by the non-profit Measure of America shows how long you've likely got, and what country it's most similar to.

Hawaiians top the longevity list with an average age of 81.3 years—equal to Barbados but still lagging far behind Japan's average of 84 years—while Mississippi is dead last with a paltry average age of just 75 years, which is Syria-level expectancy.

There are a myriad of factors that impact one's lifespan—from environment, to diet, to healthcare access, to income, to demographics, and these figures only constitute a general trend for each state. Still, it's interesting to see that even as America sees itself as the world's hegemonic power cannot match the clean living habits of many European and Asian nations. [The Atlantic]

Image: Olga Khazan/measureofamerica.org L


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: age; health; lifeexpectancy; qualityoflife

1 posted on 02/04/2014 9:20:49 AM PST by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

Very interesting statistics.


2 posted on 02/04/2014 9:26:06 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: James C. Bennett

Texas 78.5? I’m good with that.


3 posted on 02/04/2014 9:26:29 AM PST by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: al_c

My father is 88, still ticking.

My grandmother lived to be 98.

So you cannot assume anything by averages. hee hee hee


4 posted on 02/04/2014 9:29:34 AM PST by Texas Fossil
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To: James C. Bennett

79 for Virginia. Funny how 79 used to seem ancient not too long ago. Now in my mid 50’s 79 seems pretty young!


5 posted on 02/04/2014 9:31:26 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: James C. Bennett

California and New York over 80? Maybe they are given more time to repent!

Tennessee is only 76.3 Only the good die young. I’m not giving up my Southern Cooking!


6 posted on 02/04/2014 9:31:52 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: James C. Bennett

California and New York over 80? Maybe they are given more time to repent!

Tennessee is only 76.3 Only the good die young. I’m not giving up my Southern Cooking!


7 posted on 02/04/2014 9:31:53 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: James C. Bennett

I’d like to see a map like that for 100 years ago. Looks to me like basic food and sanitation can extend lives anywhere and everywhere.


8 posted on 02/04/2014 9:33:41 AM PST by married21 ( As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: James C. Bennett

Smells like a setup for more “see the U.S. does NOT have the world’s best health care system” propaganda to me.


9 posted on 02/04/2014 9:33:43 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Salvation

The very reason social security will go belly up soon. Unless the old folks make a stink about it. (I suspect they will)


10 posted on 02/04/2014 9:33:51 AM PST by refermech
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To: James C. Bennett

In general it looks like the colder states do a bit better than the warmer states.


11 posted on 02/04/2014 9:34:09 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: James C. Bennett

These so called scientists and statisticians go out of there way to find statistics that make the South look bad and the people unhealthy.


12 posted on 02/04/2014 9:34:37 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: Texas Fossil
So you cannot assume anything by averages. hee hee hee

On average we all have one ovary and one testicle.

13 posted on 02/04/2014 9:36:40 AM PST by So Cal Rocket (Task 1: Accomplished, Task 2: Hold them Accountable!)
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To: James C. Bennett

These broad brushstroke statistics are meaningless without a breakdown by race, gender and ethnicity. Otherwise, it’s apples to oranges.


14 posted on 02/04/2014 9:38:46 AM PST by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: James C. Bennett

I see Virginia is at 79. That is more than long enough for me (late 50s).


15 posted on 02/04/2014 9:40:01 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Salvation

“Very interesting statistics.”

Yes, so why are the so-called “key” liberal states at the top? Lifestyle?, Weather?, Medical Care? It would be interesting to know.


16 posted on 02/04/2014 9:40:04 AM PST by vette6387
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To: al_c; James C. Bennett
"Texas 78.5? I’m good with that."

Me, too -- and I'm 76, lookin' at 77...

Why? Because years spent in Texas are good years!!!

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Besides, the title is deceptive. "Closest to" implies physical proximity. The life expectancy in Mexico is 76.9 years, so the pollution of Texas' population with criminal alien invaders obviously drags our average down.

As to the actual "mot numerically similar to" comparison, who gives a rat's patootie what little country across the pond has similar problems?

17 posted on 02/04/2014 9:45:53 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: James C. Bennett

13 years of age 81 in MN includs being frozen solid in suspended animation.


18 posted on 02/04/2014 9:45:59 AM PST by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: James C. Bennett

It’s a good thing Chicago has so many drive by shootings or they’d be milking the government an extra 10 years.


19 posted on 02/04/2014 9:46:02 AM PST by bgill
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To: James C. Bennett

After my genealogy research I no longer buy life expectancy averages.

All through my family back into the 1500s I found lots of people living well into their 80s and even into their 90s regardless of wealth or social standing. I did find a lot of things that would drive the overall averages down.

A lot of women died fairly young after having 9 or 12 children. Of those 9 or 12 children it wasn’t unusual for 4 or 5 to die before 10 years old. Prior to 1850 or so it wasn’t unusual for men in my family to outlive 2 or 3 wives. Of the men who died before 40, a large percentage were sailors.

I also noticed a tendency of 2nd and 3rd wives to have fewer children and live longer themselves.


20 posted on 02/04/2014 9:49:05 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: James C. Bennett
Statistics like life expectancy by state are an example of useless, fraudulent statistics. Most states have very inhomogeneous populations and most Americans do not live their entire life in one state. The results of all states are very close. All are in the high 70s except for a few around 80. The highest is Minnesota at 81.1.

The variances within the states are far greater than between the states. The best predictor is gender. The second is lifestyle. The state where you live at the time has no influence on life expectancy.

21 posted on 02/04/2014 9:49:19 AM PST by detective
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To: TXnMA

“mot” s/b “most”...


22 posted on 02/04/2014 9:50:53 AM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias... "Barack": Allah's current ally...)
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To: James C. Bennett

My personal life expectancy is some part of whatever day I wake up.


23 posted on 02/04/2014 9:53:57 AM PST by elkfersupper
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To: vette6387

I would say because of the money and that they can afford excellent health care outside of Obamacare.

Will they soon wake up to the Obamacare nightmare (trademarking that!)>


24 posted on 02/04/2014 9:58:03 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: vette6387

Medical care and abortion rates would be my guess. The one thing that pushes life expectancy averages up is low infant mortality.

States where abortion is prevalent would be where ending high risk pregnancies is more common, thus reducing the infant mortality rate. States with high levels of medical care would also be where more pregnancies are rated high risk or where more fetuses are rated defective.

High levels of medical care would improve infant mortality by both ending more pregnancies and by saving more of the high risk infants whose parents reject eugenic culling.


25 posted on 02/04/2014 10:00:58 AM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with violence, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: James C. Bennett
I won't mind a long life if I can stay mobile and alert. Some of the seniors I know are miserable due to physical conditions that are now going into areas that categorize them as untreatable by Obamacare and the plan is now comfort only.

I've done some serious thinking about what life is like just lying there.

26 posted on 02/04/2014 10:07:09 AM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: James C. Bennett
This Map Shows How The GDP Of US States Compare To Countries Around The World


27 posted on 02/04/2014 10:07:36 AM PST by blam
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To: BlueStateRightist

“These broad brushstroke statistics are meaningless without a breakdown by race, gender and ethnicity. Otherwise, it’s apples to oranges.”

Across several areas of measurement, blacks greatly influence the statistics.

Crime, Murder
Education
Health, Life expectancy

etc.

Such statistics are rarely presented, but it would be enlightening and devastating to see them.


28 posted on 02/04/2014 10:09:59 AM PST by truth_seeker (Nissan)
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To: cripplecreek

My greatgrandmother was born in 1855. She had 17 children of which 9 lived. I remember attending her birthday party in Monroe, MI (through which passes the River Raisin) in 1964, the year she died at the age of 109.


29 posted on 02/04/2014 10:11:51 AM PST by mouske
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To: detective

Yup, and if you throw abortions into the stats, the average would drop to 50.


30 posted on 02/04/2014 10:13:59 AM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: James C. Bennett

The world’s most expensive health care system provides a life expectancy even with the likes of Syria, Dominica, Chile and MEXICO?

And it is going to get even more expensive and provide less health care?

WE are well and truly screwed up.

Old people are going to die when they get old and all the money in the world can’t stop that.


31 posted on 02/04/2014 10:23:05 AM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: James C. Bennett

The wife’s folks just moved from their own home into assisted living. Her Dad is 93 and her Mom is 90. He was a ball-turret gunner on a B-17 in WW2.They married right after the war. PS; they are from Minnesota.


32 posted on 02/04/2014 10:40:37 AM PST by snowtigger
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To: James C. Bennett

japan’s number will be falling big time very shortly.

very, very significantly falling.


33 posted on 02/04/2014 10:43:19 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: married21

sanitation is the #1 thing in reducing sicknesses in people. so many xmission vectors are rendered to very small percentages. otherwise they are huge problems b/c they not only transmit, their numbers explode due to the sanitation problem they live off of. becomes epidemic/pandemic.


34 posted on 02/04/2014 10:48:19 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: refermech
The very reason social security will go belly up soon. Unless the old folks make a stink about it. (I suspect they will)

You know they will. Particularly all these baby boomers who have been paying into it since the Nixon Administration.

We are going to adopt the Elizabeth Warren idea of eliminating the income cap on SS taxes. Do you see them having the guts to address the problem any other way? I don't.


35 posted on 02/04/2014 10:53:30 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cripplecreek

I discovered the same thing. My mom died in 2007 just 3 months shy of being 103. She has a cousin who is 106. My grandmother was in her 90’s and my great grandfather was in his 90’’s when they died. They worked hard all their lives and that had a lot to do with their ages.


36 posted on 02/04/2014 11:06:12 AM PST by MamaB
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To: truth_seeker
There is more than race involved in these numbers. Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana have black populations far higher than the national average and are near the bottom for life expectancy. Yet Kentucky and West Virginia, states with black populations below the national average, have very low numbers as well. Minnesota and Wisconsin, overwhelmingly white in population, both have life expectancies above 80 years. However, ethnically diverse states like California, New York, and New Jersey also have 80+ year life expectancies.

Diet and lifestyle seem to be the main variables. Poorer people tend to eat more processed foods and fast foods out of necessity. Physical labor is less needed to obtain food and water. They are less able to afford visits to the doctor. The obese person using an electric cart to shop at a grocery store in Huntington, West Virginia, or Meridian, Mississippi probably had a great great grandmother who grew her own vegetables, raised her own chickens, and hauled water from a well. They tend to have less of a future orientation, so they defer exercise regimens.

While sanitation and medical knowledge have improved immensely in the last century, the effects of poor diet and lifestyle choices are evident in the disparities among the states.

37 posted on 02/04/2014 11:09:14 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: Buckeye McFrog

And as one of those boomers(I’m 61) I’m torn between requiring that social security be fully funded(more taxes) and the burden it will place on future generations. I guess I’d settle for reduced benefits if they raise the earnings ceiling but what about people that can’t work. I’m not in poverty but what about an old lady that just has social security to live on. Could we blame her for voting for the dems if they promise her no cuts in SS? Our society is on a precipice and there are no good options. It just doesn’t work out if you do the math.


38 posted on 02/04/2014 11:09:35 AM PST by refermech
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To: Wallace T.

As a Doctor told my brother when he was discussing heredity versus non-heridity issues in predicting how senior years cardiovascular disease will impact your longevity:

(Paraphrase) Keep in mind that while fish oil, exercise, diet and controling blood chemistry play a part in balancing your genetic disposition to cardiovascular disease, the genetic predisposition will still contol 85% of the advancement with controlable measures accounting for 15%.


39 posted on 02/04/2014 11:17:14 AM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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How many of the foreign statistics can actually be trusted?

Remember how “Japan is so much better than America, look at all their centennarians” and it turned there was loads of fakery and scamming the system by not reporting grandma’s death and continuing to collect benefits.


40 posted on 02/04/2014 11:20:45 AM PST by Rockpile
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To: married21

“I’d like to see a map like that for 100 years ago.”

Here in Texas I once attended a class lecture on health issues and the instructor asked the class what they thought was the leading cause of death back in the 19th century. I immediately raised my hand.

Instructor: “Yes, you in the back, what do you think?”
Me: “Indians”

The class was in an uproar for the next five minutes.


41 posted on 02/04/2014 11:44:56 AM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: James C. Bennett

I live in Indiana. If at age 90, I move to Florida and die, does Florida get credit for a 90 year old, or does Indiana.

It seems that data could be skewed towards states that draw retirees.


42 posted on 02/04/2014 12:06:21 PM PST by TimF
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To: James C. Bennett

Somehow, I don’t think Syria has an average life expectancy of 75 anymore (Mississippi).


43 posted on 02/04/2014 12:17:56 PM PST by Rinnwald
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To: CaptainK

Left wing wacko states do better


44 posted on 02/04/2014 12:22:17 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... History is a process, not an event)
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To: James C. Bennett

What’s happening in Appalachia and the area on the gulf near the delta?


45 posted on 02/04/2014 1:20:10 PM PST by OldNewYork
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To: KC Burke

Heredity is an important factor, perhaps, as your doctor says, the most important in the case of cardiovascular disease. However, the disparity among the states and among different nations is a diet and lifestyle issue.


46 posted on 02/04/2014 2:52:45 PM PST by Wallace T.
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To: ScottinVA
I see Virginia is at 79. That is more than long enough for me (late 50s).

Wait till you get there, Scott. Your perspective will change. I'm 87, get around fine, live alone, drive with impunity (not slowness)and am enjoying life immensely.

47 posted on 02/04/2014 3:15:38 PM PST by Ole Okie (OU)
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To: Ole Okie

And we hope to see you with us for many more years. Have a freind at 95 who still drags his golf clubs out and my great aunt could still do ten pushups at 95.


48 posted on 02/04/2014 4:36:38 PM PST by KC Burke (Officially since Memorial Day they are the Gimmie-crat Party.ha)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Ah, I see you must read enenews.com.


49 posted on 02/05/2014 1:28:08 AM PST by Norski
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