Thursday, September 14, 2006

Life Expectancy by State: Selection or Treatment? You Decide

Harvard is always in the news. Today, its scholars have calculated life expectancy (measured in years) by state. Clearly, Bill Clinton didn't do enough good deeds for Arkansas and we should all move to Utah. I'm not sure if this is an "apples to apples" comparison. This would be a more interesting set of facts if "similar" people were being compared across states. Is living in the District of Columbia really that bad for one's longevity (treatment)? Or do people with less health capital move to D.C (selection)?

Life expectancy by state, according to a study in the online science journal PLoS Medicine:

State Life expectancy Rank

Ala. 74.4 48

Alaska 77.1 26

Ariz. 77.5 22

Ark. 75.2 43

Calif. 78.2 10

Colo. 78.2 12

Conn. 78.7 4

Del. 76.8 29

D.C. 72 51

Fla. 77.5 21

Ga. 75.3 41

Hawaii 80.0 1

Idaho 77.9 15

Ill. 76.4 33

Ind. 76.1 37

Iowa 78.3 7

Kan. 77.3 24

Ky. 75.2 42

La. 74.2 49

Maine 77.6 20

Md. 76.3 35

Mass. 78.4 5

Mich. 76.3 34

Minn. 78.8 2

Miss. 73.6 50

Mo. 75.9 38

Mont. 77.2 25

Neb. 77.8 16

Nev. 75.8 39

N.H. 78.3 6

N.J. 77.5 23

N.M. 77.0 27

N.Y. 77.7 19

N.C. 75.8 40

N.D. 78.3 8

Ohio 76.2 36

Okla. 75.2 44

Ore. 77.8 17

Pa. 76.7 31

R.I. 78.3 9

S.C. 74.8 47

S.D. 77.7 18

Tenn. 75.1 45

Texas 76.7 30

Utah 78.7 3

Vt. 78.2 11

Va. 76.8 28

Wash. 78.2 13

W.Va. 75.1 46

Wis. 77.9 14

Wyo. 76.7 32

3 comments :

ishmaelabroad said...

Wow: just looking at those data the first thing I thought of was red state/blue state divide.

Turns out not to be that simple. More at my blog...

Anonymous said...

It's not hard to understand why the NC life expectancy is behind the rest of the nation. Living among white trash lowers the wish to live.


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