As we look forward to the end of the year, we will be highlighting the best data maps Patch has run in 2013. It's part of our Newscruncher series, which breaks down the characteristics of your town by the numbers. If you see any technical issues with this map, or if you'd like to suggest ideas for future Newscruncher articles, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The interactive map above shows life expectancy for men or women across the state in 2010.
Women are still outliving men, according to a recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In 2011, the average life expectancy was 76 for men and 81 for women.
Overall, the life expectancy was 78.7 years in the U.S., making it the 26th highest out of the 36 OECD member countries.
How to Use the Map
Using your cursor, you can click on a county and see a popup window with the life expectancy for 2010 and 1985 in that area. You can also see the 2010’s life expectancy by state or nationwide. Use the button on the top of the interactive to change the map to represent either men or women.
What do you think explains the differences across the area of the life expectancy in men and women? Tell us in a comment or a blog post.