Data Show Differences in Life Expectancy by N.C. County

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The North Carolina county in which children are born may make a difference in how long they live and in the quality of their health, according to new county data cards released by NC Child, an organization that works to advance public policies designed to improve the lives of North Carolina children.

Based on statewide data, a baby born in North Carolina is expected to live an average of 78.3 years. Averages from Triangle counties include 81.4 for Wake County, 79.9 for Durham County and 81.7 for Orange County. Across the state, however, life expectancies vary from 73.1 to 81.7 by county of residence. These differences reflect gaps in income, education and environment. Learn more at

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