10 counties where people live longest

Affluence and access to great recreational opportunities are the common factors in areas where people routinely live into their 80s.

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Sep 5, 2013 12:17AM
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What this tells us is wealth and education in the U.S. makes for a longer lifespan.    You can afford those things that allow you to live longer.  

Sep 10, 2013 5:37AM
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No Kidding, rich people live longer.  Wonder why?
Sep 5, 2013 4:12AM
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Only a few miles down the road in McDowell County, West Virginia, the life span for men is 64 years and 9 months, lowest in the nation. The difference? West Virginia is famous for corruption within the workers' compensation, public employees insurance association, and the government agencies controlling the health of the ordinary people. Per capita, we have more convicted felon politicans and government officials on fat pensions than any state in the nation. We are also famous for our crooked doctors. If you speak out about anything corrupt you are blacklisted from everything for life. The federal government is afraid to get involved and just looks away and grovels before the powers that be. Just look at our  politicans and government officals and  where their family members (nepots) work. We are First in the Worst and Last in the Best in everything meaningful. Shame on us!    
Sep 4, 2013 9:07PM
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give me a break true nebraskans live longer look at our obit pages 91, 95,101 geez investigate beyond D.C area and Florida
Sep 5, 2013 6:30AM
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He with the most money and toys win!
Sep 10, 2013 7:46AM
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Most of you really don't understand statistical averages. Those of you saying my grandmother died at x age, or my county is full of people over x age, are using anecdotal information. Your own personal experiences may have other factors which are contributing to long lives -- such as genetic makeup. Most of the factors you are not considering are related to environment and lifestyle. For example, where I live car accidents are a factor, and they have nothing to do with access to health care, affluence or any political party in power. Then you have places that are known for their industries (coal, steel, etc.), and the factors there includes work-related deaths (injury/illness). Lastly, personal lifestyle choices are the biggest factor. Smoking, drinking, drug use, hobbies (skydiving, rock climbing, etc.) can shorten someone's potential lifespan AND this has nothing to do with where they live. What the article is saying is that on AVERAGE these counties tend to contain people who are living longer under all considered factors. The most important part to statistics is sample size. In order to provide good averages, a large sample size is needed. What that size is depends on the statistician doing the study. However, I would imagine that they probably focused on counties with a population of 100,000 people or more. This lower limit cuts out all of the other counties from the study. Now, can these stats be manipulated for the sake of the article? Absolutely. But, to posit that it has to do with liberal media, Democrats/Republicans, Obamacare, or anything supernatural is just RIDICULOUS.
Sep 6, 2013 7:48AM
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Bergen County, the stress of the dreaded daily commute with roads filled with impatient idiots, humidity to match a rain forest and being taxed out the ****....forgetaboutit. 
Sep 10, 2013 4:00AM
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how can people afford to live there when the median income couldn't possibly pay for a median house in most of these places...plus it is yuppiedom! who wants it??
Sep 10, 2013 6:00AM
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First off,,Santa Clara County was named the "Murder Capital" of the planet for 10 years running,,,so,,,i'm assuming,that everyone barricaded themselves in their house.And then,,Loudon County is Dullas airport,,and all the crime surrounding that place.,,and last but not least,,have you ever really been to New Jersey,,,holy moly,,,who wrote this?
Sep 10, 2013 7:19AM
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You idiots.

How many other articles do you comment on that you either don't understand or don't care to read what the author said? Then state what a terrible job he/she is doing with THEIR research...

NOWHERE did it say this is a list of only the places where people live the longest and anywhere else isn't capable of having people live as long under any circumstance.

We are all well aware that people can live a long life anywhere. This article is about  "areas where people ROUTINELY live into their 80s" meaning on average these counties have a higher rate ON AVERAGE of people living longer....

 

 

never mind, I give up.

 

 

Sep 10, 2013 6:27AM
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   were do they come up with stuff? what a bunch of bull!!!

Sep 10, 2013 8:02AM
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Apparently there aren't any men in Bergen County...
Sep 10, 2013 10:39AM
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How can you afford a $500,000 home on less than $100,000 a year?
Sep 10, 2013 9:45AM
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Look at the median price of a home in most of these counties & it's above $400,000.  So, to me, that says, "No money worries, no dying early worries."
Sep 10, 2013 7:14AM
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When Obamacare kicks in, you better have a boat load of money to pay for those operations/procedures that the unelected panel of federal workers determine that your life is not worth saving. In other words medicare will be limited and costs will be the deciding factor. Can we say death panels as the life span will go down, down, down in the good old USA. Thanks Obama.

 

Our government has made some horrendous mistakes such as two wars in the M.E. and the usage of corn to make Ethanol. However, Obamacare will dwarf these two blunders.   .

Sep 5, 2013 12:55PM
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great grand mother 102 grand ma 89 mother66 father81 me so far62 in north east  penna if you do not die by55 you got a shot at90. maybe.
Sep 10, 2013 6:44AM
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They mention AARP.  Well let me say that AARP NO longer has retirement age folks best interests in mind.  They have been blackmailed into accepting very Hugh money kickbacks from the Obama Administration to promote the already failed Healthcare bill that is destroying this country.  All the meanwhile they agreed to be and advocate for Anti Constitutional Laws and Obama's Gun Control Push.  NOT the kind of advocacy group I want to be affiliated with at all.  In addition alll they do now is try to sell you an insurance policy. Sad ..how everything is so very corrupt.
Sep 16, 2013 1:49PM
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Most of the places named in this article have been designated as retirement areas.  If the majority of the population is OVER 50 the average age at death will be much higher.  Many of these places are where there is a reduced access job market and the prices of the homes are based on the limited availability of homes that are suitable for human occupancy.  Most of these places are cities that have limited night life and limited product availability for shopping, so they are not attractive to younger people. 

 

Simple math if you live in an area that has been populated by an elder population through migration from other areas the average age at death will be much higher. 

 

I wonder what is the purpose of such an article.  Are these cities trying to induce people to move to those places to die?  Or is the purpose of this dribble to trick people into believing that if they move to one of the featured areas, with grossly overpriced homes, they will extend their life expectancy.   If such was true, then people with cancer or other determined death illnesses would flock to those areas and thereby extend their lives.      

Sep 10, 2013 8:21AM
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Why is the Midwest consistently left off the MSN map?  Hello, the Missouri county I live in has quite a few seniors in their 80s and 90s, and in the past year I've heard of several who have celebrated their 100th.  There's a lady in the nursing home my grandma's in who just celebrated the 105.
We live more than 2 hours from both Kansas City and St. Louis, in pretty much a rural area where the elders would tell you a healthy meal in their day consisted of a well-rounded meal that would make dieticians today faint.


Sep 10, 2013 6:52AM
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What a crock...my mother-in-law is 89; her brother 94; one of her other brothers died recently at 94. She lives in none of those places...my mother was 95 when she passed; her mother 96. My grandfather was 94. They lived in none of those places either. Crock, crock, crock...We had friends in Alaska still panning gold in their 90s...
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