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Which Kentucky county has the longest life expectancy?

Graphic via the Herald-Leader

According to a study in 2011, the average life expectancy in the United States is 78.7 years. But what about Kentucky? The Herald-Leader shared a study this morning that shows a county-by-county breakdown of life expectancies in the Commonwealth. The researchers based their results on education levels, poverty level, opportunities to be physically active and access to health care. Not surprisingly, life expectancy was longer in more affluent areas and shorter in the poorer areas of the state, such as Eastern Kentucky.

The county with the longest life expectancy? Oldham County, one of the state’s wealthiest counties, at 79 years. The shortest? Perry, Breathitt, and Wolfe Counties, at 70 years, followed by Floyd, Harlan, and Owsley Counties at 71 years.

Check out more details from the study at the Herald-Leader.

[Where you live in Kentucky might cut eight years off your life]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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11 Comments for Which Kentucky county has the longest life expectancy?



  1. UK_JB
    11:18 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    I am from Wolfe County, but moved as soon as I graduated high school and got out of there. So maybe I can live longer than 70!



  2. Bluegrass7914
    11:39 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Keep voting for Reaganomics supply-side trickle-down economics and this is what you will get. The rich get to live long and the poor get to die early. That’s on purpose



    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:46 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

      If you simplistic, ivory-tower clap trap, you have larger issues to deal



    • jman3715
      3:26 pm June 6, 2016 Permalink

      Actually if you crossed referenced this with the percentage of the population on government assistance it would probably match. The more government assistance per capita the lower the life expectancy.



    • jman3715
      3:29 pm June 6, 2016 Permalink

      The problem is and always will be that prosperity breeds liberalism in younger generations and liberalism over time is the enemy of prosperity.



  3. Bluegrass7914
    11:41 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    The earlier you die the less social security that has to be paid out. All About The Money Baby! Die mfer die is the motto!



  4. Sentient Third Eye
    11:41 am June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Some of the sharp drop offs are alarming. Garrard to Rockcastle is a five year drop. What if you live on the county line? Same with the six year drop from Morgan to Wolfe.



  5. Wes
    12:00 pm June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Welcome to the OC bitch!



  6. Sticky Ceiling
    12:17 pm June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Drugs are bad.



  7. ukfaningatorland
    1:26 pm June 6, 2016 Permalink

    Hmm I figured with Raylen retired the life expectancy around Harlan would be increasing…



  8. DelrayCat
    2:55 pm June 6, 2016 Permalink

    East KY…where everybody smokes and drinks 1 gallon of pop (pepsi) daily.