Men's life expectancy: Fairfax, Va. ranks highest
- A life measured. (Source: Flickr, Rob Shenk)
Men in America are living longest in Fairfax County, Va., according to a recent Population Health Metrics study by the University of Washington.
In the midst of otherwise bleak findings — 80 percent of U.S. counties are lagging behind other nations in life expectancy — Fairfax County and Montgomery County, Md. made the top ten across the nation in high life expectancies for men and women, reports WTOP.
Fairfax ranked first for men, with a life expectancy of 81.1 years, and MoCo ranked third, with 80.7 years, in 2007. Women in Fairfax ranked eighth, with 83.8 years, and fifth in MoCo, with 84.5 years.
Across America, falling rates fell mostly in the South; researchers believe smoking and obesity were attributing factors.
For men, behind Fairfax County, Marin County, Ca. ranked second. The top cities for women were Collier, Fla., Teton, Wyo. and San Mateo, Ca.
Even with the hours-long commutes in overpopulated suburbia, the region somehow manages to live the good life.
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