Washington in top 10 for life expectancy | Department of Health

Men are expected to live an average of 78.1 years in 2016. Women are expected to live 82.3 years.

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018 1:40pm
  • News

The Journal of the American Medical Association published its State of U.S. Health Study 1990-2016 on April 10, and Washington state ranked 9 out of 50 states for life expectancy at birth for both sexes combined.

“This study showed that Washington state has made progress in reducing mortality; however, alcohol and drug abuse, obesity, and tobacco use continue to pose health challenges in our communities,” said Dr. Kathy Lofy, State Health Officer, Washington State Department of Health.

LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH, BOTH SEXES

1990 Rank 2016 Rank
76.8 years 13 80.2 years 9

LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH, MALE

1990 Rank 2016 Rank
73.8 years 8 78.1 years 7

LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH, FEMALE

1990 Rank 2016 Rank
79.8 years 14 82.3 years 10

The study listed the top three leading risks factors for disability-adjusted life-years in Washington state during 2016 as alcohol and drug abuse, high body mass index (BMI), and tobacco use.

Hawaii had the highest life expectancy in 2016 (81.3 years) while Mississippi had the lowest (74.7 years). Other states with high life expectancy were California (80.9 years), Connecticut (80.8 years), and Minnesota (80.8 years).

The State Health Assessment provides a snapshot of the overall health and well-being of Washingtonians.

The DOH website is your source for a healthy dose of information. Find us on Facebook and follow us onTwitter. Sign-up for the DOH blog, Public Health Connection.

More in News

Changes to Black Diamond city code address attorney contracts

The city said it is clarifying the mayor has the power to hire and fire attorneys; some residents say this gives the mayor too much power.

Trash talk: Enumclaw renews solid waste pact with King County

Additionally, the public comment period for the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill in Maple Valley is open through Aug. 26.

Nuevo programa de biblioteca que incorpora grupos de recursos comunitarios

A new library program is having a mini-resource fair with Sea Mar and Colectiva Legal del Pueblo.

Candidates sought for posts where none filed

South Prairie and Wilkeson need someone to file to be a council member — the due date is Aug. 15.

Raising glasses, and funds, for wounded vets

The Aug. 15 “Pint Night” at Headworks Brewery will go to the Gary Sinise Foundation.

King County’s Prop. 1 parks levy is passing

Initial results from the Aug. 6 primary King County Council races are also in.

Preliminary results for August 2019 primary elections

The parks levy is passing, and Paul Fisher and Eric Heintzinger are leading the Enumclaw Fire Department commissioner race.

Work started on solution for Spiketon Bridge closure

The new temporary bridge, which will be two-lanes large and have no weight restrictions, is expected to be completed in October.

Next state park “free day” Aug. 25 | Washington State Parks

There are several state parks Plateau residents can enjoy nearby.

Suggestions for downtown lots pitched to City Council

The empty lot next to The Local coffeeshop could potentially be used for plant or art sales, or incorporated into the Sundays on Cole events.

Spring Chinook salmon. Photo courtesy Michael Humling, US Fish and Wildlife Service
State awards millions for salmon recovery

Puget Sound counties received more than $45 million.

Grocery store workers picket across King County

Union members are asking Kroger for living wages and more scheduling predictability.