What do we know about life expectancy and causes of death in West Hollywood?
The University of Washington recently published new national life expectancy estimates that range from 67 to 87 years, depending on where one lives. That made us wonder about life expectancy and causes of death in West Hollywood.
Life expectancy in Los Angeles County
According to the University of Washington, the average life expectancy at birth in Los Angeles County is 81 years. That puts Los Angeles toward the high end of the range among US counties.
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH BY COUNTY — 2014
At 81 years, Los Angeles County’s life expectancy is eight years longer than it was in 1980 and three years longer than it was in 2000.
Life expectancy in West Hollywood
We have to use a separate, older set of life expectancy estimates to get down to the city level. As of 2006, West Hollywood’s average life expectancy was 83 years. It’s probably higher now. At the time, the city was toward the high end of the range in the county, ranking 17th.
LIFE EXPECTANCY AT BIRTH BY CITY/COMMUNITY IN LOS ANGELES COUNTY — 2006
Compared to nearby communities, West Hollywood’s life expectancy was two years longer than Santa Monica’s and two years shorter than Beverly Hills’.
Causes of death
We don’t have overall cause of death data for West Hollywood. Instead, we have zip-code-level data. The chart below shows the causes for the three primary West Hollywood zip codes. We can’t just add them together because they are shared with Los Angeles and we don’t know which deaths happened in West Hollywood. However, as a rough guide, we’ve calculated a population-weighted average of the three zip codes.
Cancer and heart disease are each responsible for a quarter of the deaths. All of the other causes are much less common. Pneumonia and the flu, emphysema and similar respiratory diseases, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease each cause about 5% of deaths. The number of fatal accidents varies by zip code. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and suicide each cause a few deaths.
The number of deaths has dropped dramatically since the early 1990s. The biggest declines have been in deaths caused by HIV/AIDS and by heart disease.
DEATHS REPORTED AMONG PERSONS INFECTED WITH HIV OR AIDS — WEST HOLLYWOOD
Deaths from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes compared to nearby cities
West Hollywood’s mortality rate from coronary heart disease was 141 per 100,000 residents. It means about 50 residents a year died of heart disease. That was 10 years ago, but it’s the most recent data we have.
The city’s rate of 141 was a bit better than nearby cities, which ranged from 146 to 161. Beverly Hills was the exception at 98.
West Hollywood’s stroke mortality rate was 25 per 100,000 residents. That works out to less than 10 stroke deaths per year. It was the lowest rate among nearby cities and second lowest in the county.
West Hollywood’s diabetes mortality rate was 15 per 100,000 residents, or about five diabetes deaths annually. Beverly Hills and Santa Monica were tied for lowest (best) in the county at 12 per 100,000. West Hollywood was just a little higher.
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