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Grand 29th on list of 50 US counties with high life expectancies

Fishermen try their luck in the Colorado River west of Parshall in Grand County.
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With a life expectancy approaching 83 years, Grand County landed 29th on USA Today’s list of 50 U.S. counties with high life expectancies.

In a report published Friday, Colorado’s High Country fared better than any other region with five of the top 10 counties with high life expectancies credited to the Mile High State.

In fact, the top three slots were all in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains with Summit, Pitkin and Eagle counties ranked Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively.

Also in Colorado, San Miguel (7th), Douglas (10th), Hinsdale (12th), Ouray (21st), Routt (30th) and Park (39th) counties made the cut. Along with Grand County, that gave Colorado 10 counties on the list, far more than any other state.

To determine the counties where people are living the longest, researchers reviewed county-level life expectancy figures, death records, and poverty and obesity rates.

They found that Grand County has a life expectancy of 82.73 years with a 16.3% adult obesity rate and a 13.1% poverty rate. From 1980 to 2014, the life expectancy rate increased 9.4% in Grand County.

The average life expectancy in the U.S. is 78.6 years, down from 78.9 years in 2014.

50 US counties with high life expectancies
  1. Summit County, Colorado
  2. Pitkin County, Colorado
  3. Eagle County, Colorado
  4. Billings County, North Dakota
  5. Marin County, California
  6. Aleutians East Borough, Alaska
  7. San Miguel County, Colorado
  8. Fairfax County, Virginia
  9. Presidio County, Texas
  10. Douglas County, Colorado
  11. San Juan County, Washington
  12. Hinsdale County, Colorado
  13. Los Alamos County, New Mexico
  14. Teton County, Wyoming
  15. Collier County, Florida
  16. Loudoun County, Virginia
  17. Santa Clara County, California
  18. San Mateo County, California
  19. Leelanau County, Michigan
  20. Lincoln County, South Dakota
  21. Ouray County, Colorado
  22. Blaine County, Idaho
  23. Howard County, Maryland
  24. Mono County, California
  25. Sioux County, Iowa
  26. Wayne County, Nebraska
  27. Carver County, Minnesota
  28. Arlington County, Virginia
  29. Grand County, Colorado
  30. Routt County, Colorado
  31. Winneshiek County, Iowa
  32. Sioux County, Nebraska
  33. Rockland County, New York
  34. Bergen County, New Jersey
  35. Hunterdon County, New Jersey
  36. Sheridan County, North Dakota
  37. McPherson County, Nebraska
  38. Summit County, Utah
  39. Park County, Colorado
  40. Slope County, North Dakota
  41. Westchester County, New York
  42. Orange County, California
  43. Olmsted County, Minnesota
  44. Stevens County, Minnesota
  45. Nassau County, New York
  46. Oliver County, North Dakota
  47. Hayes County, Nebraska
  48. Bremer County, Iowa
  49. Storey County, Nevada
  50. Ozaukee County, Wisconsin

Source: USA Today

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