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September 17, 2006

According to a study that appeared online, a resident of Franklin County can expect to live to the age of 78, longer than the average Pennsylvanian.

The county's average life expectancy ranks 12th among counties in Pennsylvania. Centre County ranks first in the state with a life expectancy of 79.4 years, while Philadelphia County is last with a life expectancy of 72.3 years.

The fastest growing demographic age group in Franklin County is those ages 85 and older. The number of people older than 85 rose increased 90 percent between 1980 and 2000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The slowest growing age group in the county is children younger than 5, whose numbers grew by only 6 percent between 1980 and 2000, according to the Census Bureau.

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Pennsylvania ranked 31st among the 50 states in life expectancy. Hawaii ranks first with a life expectancy of 80 years, while Mississippi is last with a life expectancy of 73.6 years.

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