New York counties estimated life expectancy 2014

Counties in green are roughly near the state average (a little more than 80 years), yellow is below and blue is above.

New York counties percent change in life expectancy 1980-2014

Numbers are via the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Life expectancy in New York State by county

nys counties life expectancy 2014 map

New York counties by estimated life expectancy. Green is roughly the state average -- yellow below, blue above. (There are two clickable maps after the jump.)

Life expectancy at birth was a little more than 80.36 years in New York State in 2014, according to a new study out this week.

That was good for 6th best in the nation. And it's up 73.19 years in 1980.

Those estimates are from a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine this week looking at how life expectancy varies across counties in United States. And as the researchers reported, there was wide variation -- some 20 years of difference between the high and low ends.

Here's a good interactive map of the numbers. And here are a few articles in the popular press about the overall study -- at FiveThirtyEight and The Atlantic.

New York counties didn't exhibit such a wide range, but there were some differences.

The difference between the New York county with the highest life expectancy -- Rockland, at 82.54 years -- and the lowest -- Sullivan, at 78.03 years -- was a little more than 4.5 years. Here's how the Capital Region core stacked up (state county rank):

+ Albany: 80.07 (18)
+ Rensselaer: 78.78 (49)
+ Saratoga: 81 (7)
+ Schenectady: 79.51 (30)

The authors of the JAMA paper report that the differences in counties across the nation can be explained by socioeconomic and race factors, behavior, and (to a lesser extent) health care differences.

So it's not really surprising to see which counties around New York ranked the highest for life expectancy: Manhattan, the NYC suburbs, Saratoga, Tompkins (Ithaca) -- all places that have generally done well economically in recent years.

Maps

The numbers for the New York counties are rolled into a couple of clickable maps at the top in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.

Earlier

+ Saratoga County ranked as the "healthiest" county in New York State

Comments

I'd love to see the information further broken down by income level. I remember seeing some data that life expectancy is actually trending down for lower income Americans while those at higher incomes continue to rise.

And maybe some comparison with a country with universal healthcare, maybe say Canada or Australia?

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Anarchists in the townhome

Over at the Times Union, Lynda Williams profiles a group of freegan anarchists who have been squatting in a vacant Albany townhome without utilities for... (more)

The deadline to apply for this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant is this week! And you should apply! Yes, you!

How's that entry for this year's AOA Startup Grant coming along? The deadline for entering this year's $2,500 AOA Startup Grant contest is this Wednesday,... (more)

Troy Letter

Check it out: Local journalist Luke Stoddard Nathan has started a weekly email newsletter about all sorts of Troy-related things. It is called, fittingly, Troy... (more)

Morning Blend

Abortion rights in New York State A look at where New York's laws stand on abortion rights and how that could be significant if there's... (more)

The week ahead

Here are a few things to keep in mind, look forward to, or keep busy with this week, from the weather (autumn), to hauntings, to... (more)

Recent Comments

La Mexicana is a treasure. We always buy a few packages of the Chorizo and freeze them (after stopping in for tacos) -Great market and really cool restaurant.

Morning Blend for Sep 24

...has 1 comment, most recently from ace

Mapping out the future for an alternative transportation network in the Capital District

...has 3 comments, most recently from ivan vamos

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 3 comments, most recently from Rich

All the current Stewart's seasonal summer ice cream flavors, ranked

...has 7 comments, most recently from Amy Smith

A look around the Maiden House residential + retail conversion in downtown Albany

...has 12 comments, most recently from Peter