June 7, 2016

For the first Northern Virginia project, the Center on Society and Health--supported by the Northern Virginia Health Foundation--produced a report and interactive map highlighting differences in life expectancy, income, educational attainment, and racial composition of neighborhoods in Arlington County, Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, and the cities they surround. While Northern Virginia is among the healthiest places in the United States, residents here do not all enjoy uniform outcomes. For example, life expectancy at birth—the number of years an average newborn can expect to live—varies by as many as 13 years across Northern Virginia.

The life expectancy maps developed by the Center in this project inspired the Metropolitan Washington's Council of Governments to perform a similar scan of the entire MWCOG region, which includes the District of Columbia and 22 jurisdictions in suburban Maryland and Virginia. As part of the MWCOG's Regional Health Indicator Project, the Center will provide updated and expanded information about life expectancy in Northern Virginia. The Center will create an issue brief for the NOVA region, as well as five shorter jurisdiction-specific issue briefs that "tell the story" about health. In addition, the Center will update the interactive map tool on the Northern Virginia Health Foundation's site to include additional indicators and allow users to choose which data are displayed. 

To learn more about the Regional Health Indicator Project, visit our project webpage. To learn more about the Northern Virginia Life Expectancy project that inspired MWCOG's Regional Health Indicator Project, visit the Northern Virginia Health Foundation's website