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Live long and prosper

Want to live a longer life?

You need to move to Fairfax County.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington has just published a comprehensive nationwide study of longevity rates across the United States.

After studying lifespans from 1987 to 2007, they concluded that men in Fairfax live longer than any others in the county, with an expected lifespan of 81.1 years.

For women, Fairfax County was the top spot within Virginia at 83.8 years and 10th nationally.

All this in spite of the traffic.

The state-by-state analysis has conveniently been converted to an interactive chart available at the Washington Post’s website.

Life is longer in Fairfax, but where in Virginia will you live the shortest life?

Petersburg men have a likely lifespan of 66.9 years, according to the study.

For women, two Southside counties – Sussex and Greensville – are tied, with a projected lifespan of 75.4 years.

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