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 in Harris County (Houston):
Life Expectancy in Travis County (Austin):
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.
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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