U.S. life expectancy highest in Summit County, Colorado


Summit County’s life expectancy is the highest in the nation, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In 2014, the latest year that data is available, Summit’s expected longevity was 86.83 years.

That narrowly edged out the neighboring ski country counties of Pitkin and Eagle, which came in at number two and three nationwide with life expectancies of 86.52 and 85.94, respectively.

By comparison, the nation with the highest life expectancy in the world that same year, tiny Andorra in Europe’s Pyrenees Mountains, came in at only 84.8 years, followed by Iceland at 83.3.

“Summit County has very high education, high income, high access to medical care, the people are physically active, obesity is lower than anywhere else

— so you’re doing it right.”Dr. Ali MokdadHead of U.S. research for the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and co-author of longevity study.

Come live longer with us here in Summit County!



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