A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows that people living in Chester County have a longer life expectancy than the national average of 79.08 years, writes Joel Achenbach for The Washington Post.
In recent years, the national average has been on the rise due to advances in medicine and people paying more attention to their diet. This shows in Chester County, where people live more than two years longer to 81.21 years.
Statewide, only Centre, Pike, and Union counties have a higher life expectancy rate than Chester County’s tally of 671.87 deaths per 100,000 residents.
The report, though, compiled by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, shows the trend is reversing in other areas of the country.
“Life expectancy in many places in this country is declining. It’s going backward instead of forward,” said Ali Mokdad, co-author of the report and a professor at the institute.
Many of the causes of lower life expectancy are well known, such as lack of exercise, income, and access to quality healthcare. This has resulted in the U.S. falling behind many other affluent nations like Australia.
“We are falling behind our competitors in health. That is going to impact our productivity. That’s going to take away our competitive edge when it comes to the economy,” said Mokdad.
Read more about life expectancy across America in The Washington Post by clicking here.