Who has the highest life expectancy–Travis, Harris or Dallas County? [MAP]

The Washington Post published a really cool interactive map yesterday. Based on research done at the University of Washington, it breaks down the life expectancy across the US by county. Some interesting findings, it appears that the life expectancy is actually DECLINING across the South. Like the line at Franklin BBQ, however, life expectancy in Central Texas is getting longer.

Y’all know how much I love Dallas, so that got me wondering: Does Austin have a longer life expectancy than Dallas? I mean, we are better than Dallas at everything except big hair and basketball, but do we live longer? And what about Houston? It’s got its redeeming qualities, but traffic and pollution suck. And since we Austinites have a hella chill lifestyle that includes eating local, running around Town Lake, cycling and celebrating life, I figured we would live longer–but do we?

Since stats and maps and puppy dog tails never lie, check these puppies out (NOTE: The darker the color, the longer the life expectancy. The rankings are national):

Life Expectancy in Dallas County:

Life expectancy of Dallas County

Life expectancy in Dallas County. (SOURCE: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. GRAPHIC: Kat Downs and Bonnie Berkowitz - The Washington Post. Published June 15, 2011.)

Life Expectancy in Harris County (Houston):

Life expectancy in Harris County

Life expectancy in Harris County. (SOURCE: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. GRAPHIC: Kat Downs and Bonnie Berkowitz - The Washington Post. Published June 15, 2011.)

Life Expectancy in Travis County (Austin):

Life Expectancy in Travis County

Life expectancy in Travis County. (SOURCE: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. GRAPHIC: Kat Downs and Bonnie Berkowitz - The Washington Post. Published June 15, 2011.)

Surprise, looks like we do live longer! But the really winners are Colin County to the north of Dallas and Williamson County, just north of Austin. Makes me wonder if money really is the fountain of youth–just kidding, it’s not.

Play with the interactive map and read the Washington Post’s article for more.

 

 

Do you think Austin’s penchant for herbal remedies increases life expectancy?

Is too much hairspray the number one killer of women in Dallas County?

If your actual life exceeds this map’s expectations, are you a vampire?

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About Chris Apollo Lynn

78704er, cyclist, part-time DJ, new media mad scientist, urban farmer, not a robot, ready for End of Days.

One thought on “Who has the highest life expectancy–Travis, Harris or Dallas County? [MAP]

  1. Annette

    Well, that makes me feel all nice and self-satisfied about where I live. I can’t say I’m too surprised! =)

    I also think it’s worth looking into that hairspray thing.

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