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.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

A few bits about that big, new mural going up on the side of the Quackenbush Garage in Albany

Maybe you've noticed the new mural going up on the south face of the Quackenbush Garage in downtown Albany. Here's what's up with that, along... (more)

A restaurant for regular group meetings?

Anne emails: I am a member of a service group that meets 2 evenings a month, during the week. We are looking for a restaurant/food... (more)

New York State city and town populations 2016

The Capital Region has some of the state's fastest growing towns in terms of population percentage change. That's one of the bits from new population... (more)

Music Haven 2017 lineup

The lineup for this summer's Music Haven series in Schenectady's Central Park is out. One of the things that distinguishes Music Haven among the free... (more)

Fields Sculpture Park at Omi 2017

There are a bunch of places around the greater Capital Region that are worth a short weekend drive to check out -- because they're fun... (more)

Recent Comments

I've found that anecdotes from neighbors, friends, or internet "strangers" can only take you so far. If you haven't already, I strongly recommend you get out there and visit these schools during the school year, during the school day to get a feel for things. In the last few months, my wife and I have made a series of visits to our local elementary, middle + high-school. During those visits, we had the chance to talk to multiple teachers and see the kids "in action". It was very VERY telling in a lot of ways - both good and bad.

The plan to connect two major bike paths at the Albany waterfront

...has 22 comments, most recently from George

Albany talking trash over the next month

...has 11 comments, most recently from Bock

Experiences to share about Albany schools?

...has 37 comments, most recently from Eric

Drawing: American Music Festival + Peck's Arcade

...has 84 comments, most recently from Michael H

The Capital Region is growing very slowly -- which is better than many other parts of the state

...has 5 comments, most recently from Mike