Monday, December 5, 2016 / by Mike Shoaff
Naples best place to live longer, study says
Want to live for a long time? Pack your bags and move to Collier County.
A new study says people who live in the Naples area live longer than anywhere else in the country and experts say it all comes down to money.
Deborah Robinson is what people in Naples call a unicorn. She was born and raised in Collier County, still lives there and is proud of it.
“It's gorgeous. The weather, the parks, how could you not like Naples,” Robinson said.
She's now raising a family in Collier County. When she learned that Collier has the highest life expectancy in the country, with people living to around 83.5 years, she wasn't surprised.
“You can relax on the beach, go for a walk and have a picnic or watch a movie on the lawn at Mercato. We're very lucky,” Robinson said.
While the beautiful scenery may contribute to the high life expectancy, experts who did the study at the University of Washington say it all comes down to the fact this is a wealthy area with a low obesity rate.
Mark Crowley works with the Department of Health in Collier County. He said Collier ranks as the second healthiest county in the state of Florida, beat only by St. John’s County.
“In Collier County, we are very fortunate that we are one of the most affluent areas in the region and maybe the state and that drives high levels of health outcomes,” Crowley said.
Robinson said she thinks Collier County will see this top honor again and again.
“There are so many resources here to stay healthy and workout and be active. It's a nice community, too,” Robinson said.
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