Counties with the longest life expectancy in South Carolina

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December 22, 2022
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Counties with the longest life expectancy in South Carolina

Life expectancy in the United States has generally been on the rise, with rare exceptions for certain segments of the population. Between 1960 and 2019, the life expectancy of Americans rose by roughly a decade to the age of 79. Greater longevity can be attributed to improved health care such as diagnostic and medical advancements, as well as shifting lifestyle choices including healthier diets and a reduction in rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.

While no one single factor determines the overall health of an entire community, certain socioeconomic and environmental factors such as access to health care, clean air, clean water, and affordable housing, contribute significantly to the general health and wellbeing of the entire population.

Using 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Stacker identified counties with the longest life expectancy in South Carolina. Life expectancy measures the average number of years from birth a person can expect to live, and is calculated based on the number of deaths in a given time period and the average number of people at risk of dying during that period. Counties with unreliable or insufficient data were excluded from the analysis. Mortality data came from the National Vital Statistics System.

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#14. Oconee County

- Average life expectancy: 76.4 years (same as statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #11
--- Length of life rank: #12
--- Quality of life rank: #9
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#13. Horry County

- Average life expectancy: 76.5 years (0.1 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #14
--- Length of life rank: #18
--- Quality of life rank: #13
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#12. Richland County

- Average life expectancy: 77 years (0.6 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #9
--- Length of life rank: #9
--- Quality of life rank: #12
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#11. Lancaster County

- Average life expectancy: 77.1 years (0.7 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #13
--- Length of life rank: #14
--- Quality of life rank: #10
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#9. Jasper County

- Average life expectancy: 77.2 years (0.8 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #19
--- Length of life rank: #19
--- Quality of life rank: #25
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#9. Saluda County

- Average life expectancy: 77.2 years (0.8 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #18
--- Length of life rank: #11
--- Quality of life rank: #23
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#8. Lexington County

- Average life expectancy: 77.7 years (1.3 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #5
--- Length of life rank: #6
--- Quality of life rank: #6
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#7. Dorchester County

- Average life expectancy: 77.8 years (1.4 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #6
--- Length of life rank: #8
--- Quality of life rank: #5
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#6. York County

- Average life expectancy: 77.9 years (1.5 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #2
--- Length of life rank: #2
--- Quality of life rank: #2
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#5. Greenville County

- Average life expectancy: 78 years (1.6 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #3
--- Length of life rank: #5
--- Quality of life rank: #3
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#4. Berkeley County

- Average life expectancy: 78.3 years (1.9 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #7
--- Length of life rank: #7
--- Quality of life rank: #7
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#3. Charleston County

- Average life expectancy: 78.8 years (2.4 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #4
--- Length of life rank: #4
--- Quality of life rank: #4
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#2. Edgefield County

- Average life expectancy: 79 years (2.6 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #10
--- Length of life rank: #3
--- Quality of life rank: #17
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#1. Beaufort County

- Average life expectancy: 82.6 years (6.2 more than the statewide average)
- Health outcomes statewide rank: #1
--- Length of life rank: #1
--- Quality of life rank: #1

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