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Study: Life Expectancy for Maine Men Lowest in Washington County
06/15/2011 02:27 PM ET  

For Maine women, the lowest life expectancy was in Somerset County and the highest in Cumberland County.

Life expectancy in Maine in 2007 was highest for men who live in Lincoln County and for women who live in Cumberland County. That's according to a new study from the University of Washington, which breaks down life expectancy rates for every county in the nation.

In 2007, Lincoln County men had a life expectancy of 77.3 years and women 81 years. In Cumberland County, life expectancy for men was 77.1 years and 81.7 years for women.

The lowest life expectancy for men--73.1 years--was in Washington County, where women's life expectancy was 80.1 years. Women had the lowest life expectancy in Somerset County--79.8 years, where men's life expectancy was 74.8 years.

According to the study, the average life expectancy in 2007 for American men was 75.6 years and for women 80.8 years.

Life expectancy grew in all of Maine's 16 counties between 1987 and 2007, the study found. The highest life expectancy for men in the nation--81.1 years--was found in Fairfax County, Virginia, and the lowest--65.9 years--in Holmes County, Mississippi.

Women in the U.S. had the longest life expectancy in Collier County, Florida, at 86 years, and the shortest, 73.5 years, in Holmes County, Mississippi.

The team of researchers from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington spent years examining the differences in longevity in the U.S., according to the Washington Post. The study, which covers the years 1987 to 2007, is being published today in the journal Population Health Metrics.



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