Life expectancy for Alaskans increasing

JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Alaskans are living longer these days than in decades past -- with life expectancy increasing more than in any other state.

The Alaska Dispatch Reports that a new study published this week by the Journal of the American Medical Association found the largest increases in parts of Alaska that had relatively low life expectancy decades ago.

For example, a baby born in the Aleutians East Borough can expect to live 13 years longer than someone born in the same place in 1980.

In the North Slope Borough, life expectancy is 12 years longer, from 65 years in 1980 to 77 years now.

Overall life expectancy in Alaska is now 78 years, just below the nationwide average of 79.


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