The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington recently released new life expectancy data for the country. Ryan Murphy and the team at The Texas Tribune took it a step further for us and drilled down on the Texas numbers.
Come to find out, Collin County experienced the largest life expectancy growth from the period 1989 to 2009, increasing by 7.1 years for men and 3.7 years for women. (The average male lived to age 73 in 1989, compared to age 80 in 2009. The average Collin County female lived to about age 80 in 1989 compared to age 83 in 2009.)
For Texas as a whole, the average life expectancy for women improved by 2.1 years, and the rate for men matched the U.S. average at 4.6 years.
Head over to The Texas Trib and use their fun, interactive map to look at other county life expectancy numbers. With Frisco crowned "the best place to raise an athlete in America" in 2011 and McKinney on its way to becoming the "healthiest city in the country," I think we are well on our way to live even longer!
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