Oct 1, 2021
Austin lives longer
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.

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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