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Pennsylvania Projects - Life Expectancy in Pennsylvania

PLoS Medicine conducted a study of the life expectancy of Pennsylvanians. They provided the data by county.
Use this information and your online research skills to answer the questions.

1. What is the life expectancy of people living in your home county?

In which county would you expect to live the longest?

Which county has the shortest life expectancy?

2. Find out the population of each of these counties. Is there a relationship between population and length of life?

U.S. Census Bureau - Select another demographic factor: Gender, race, median income, land area, number of high school graduates.

Get the facts for each of the counties you identified in question #1. Demographic and Economic Profile of Pennsylvania

Can you draw any conclusions?

Based on your findings, if the government wanted to improve the life expectancy of its citizens, what could it do?

3. Compared to the other states in the U. S., where does Pennsylvania rank regarding the longevity of its citizens?

 

County Life Expectancy County Life Expectancy
Adams
78.2 Lackawanna
76.4
Allegheny
76.7 Lancaster
78.5
Armstrong
76.9 Lawrence
76.9
Beaver
77.1 Lebanon
78.2
Bedford
77.5 Lehigh
77.8
Berks
77.4 Luzerne
76.0
Blair
76.1 Lycoming
77.4
Bradford
77.3 Mckean
75.7
Bucks
77.7 Mercer
76.6
Butler
77.9 Mifflin
77.0
Cambria
77.0 Monroe
77.3
Cameron
76.9 Montgomery
78.8
Carbon
75.9 Montour
77.4
Centre
79.4 Northampton
78.8
Chester
78.7 Northumberland 76.4
Clarion
76.3 Perry
75.9
Clearfield
77.5 Philadelphia 72.3
Clinton
76.7 Pike
78.2
Columbia
77.9 Potter
76.9
Crawford
76.8 Schuylkill
75.8
Cumberland
78.8 Snyder
78.3
Dauphin
76.7 Somerset
77.0
Delaware
76.9 Sullivan
77.3
Elk
77.4 Susquehanna
76.3
Erie
76.9 Tioga
77.5
Fayette
75.8 Union
78.8
Forest
76.3 Venango
76.1
Franklin
78.0 Warren
76.7
Fulton
77.7 Washington
77.0
Greene
75.8 Wayne
76.5
Huntingdon
77.7 Westmoreland 77.6
Indiana
77.2 Wyoming
76.4
Jefferson
77.1 York
78.2
Juniata
76.7    

 

Challenge: Which department(s) of Pennsylvania's government collect(s) data about when people are born and when they die?

What documents provide the proof of the birth or the death of someone in Pennsylvania?

 

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Posted 9/2006 by Cynthia J. O'Hora This work is released to the public domain

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