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Data: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Kids born today in Central Texas will live longer than most of their fellow Texans, per an Axios analysis of life expectancy data.

  • Travis, Hays and Williamson counties rank in the top 10 of Texas’ 254 counties for average life expectancy, according to 2021 data from the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Center.

The big picture: A child born in Austin today will likely die in the year 2103 — or live 81.9 years.

Yes, but: Length of life tracks with racial makeup. Austinites of Asian descent (with a life expectancy of 88.8 years) will live 11 years longer than newborn Black Austinites (age 77.6). White people in Travis County can expect to live to the age of 81.5 and Hispanics to nearly 85.

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Data: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Of note: The longer life expectancy for Hispanic Texans, given socio-economic conditions, is known as the Hispanic Paradox, Anne Roubal, a population health analyst at the University of Wisconsin, tells Axios.

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Oct 19, 2021 - Health

Age is still a huge coronavirus risk factor

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Data: CDC; Note: Data represents 30% of Americans across 16 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle/King County, Wash., Utah and Wisconsin; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

Even vaccinated Americans who are 80 or older are at higher risk of dying from the coronavirus than anyone — vaccinated or not — under the age of 50, according to CDC data.

Why it matters: The vaccines work really well against hospitalization and death, but they're not perfect. Reducing the level of COVID circulating in the community is key to protecting older or vulnerable adults — even vaccinated ones.

Oct 18, 2021 - Health

CDC: Unvaccinated are over 11 times more likely to die from COVID

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Reproduced from CDC; Note: Data represents 30% of Americans across 16 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle/King County, Wash., Utah and Wisconsin; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The CDC recently published data evaluating Americans' rate of coronavirus cases and deaths by vaccine status, providing more data on which vaccines are working best and how much protection they offer relative to being unvaccinated.

What they found: As of August, unvaccinated people had a more than six times higher risk of testing positive for the coronavirus, and were more than 11 times more likely to die from the virus.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

Maura Losch/Axios

A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.