A tale of two counties in life expectancy stats

Residents of upscale La Canada Flintridge live the longest of those in any Los Angeles County community: 87.8 years on average, according to a new report on life expectancy by the county's public health department. The life expectancy is 15 years less in Westmont, an unincorporated area near South Los Angeles. "Reduced life expectancy is strongly related to community-level economic conditions," Public Health Director Dr. Jonathan Fielding said in the report. For the entire county, the average life expectancy has risen to 80 years (up by five years since 1991), but with some extreme variations in the stats: an Asian/Pacific Islander female can expect to live 18 years longer than a black male. In general, of course, women live longer than men and residents of more affluent areas have longer life expectancy than those in less well-off areas.

Life expectancy in L.A. County cities and areas
Longest lives (years) Shortest lives (years)
LaCanada Flintridge, 87.8
Walnut, 86.6
Beverly Hills, 85.6
Rowland Heights, 85.3
East San Gabriel, 85
South San Jose Hills, 85
Diamond Bar, 84.8
Arcadia, 84.7
Lennox, 84.4
Temple City, 84.4
Westmont, 72.4
L.A. Council District 8, 75.2
Willowbrook, 75.6
Compton, 75.7
Lancaster, 76
East Compton, 76.5
Florence-Graham, 76.7
City Council District 9, 77
Inglewood, 77
Palmdale, 77.4

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