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Will I live longer because I live in Canberra?

December 1st, 2006

News Limited reports:

The Australian Capital Territory record the highest life expectancy for males and females at 79.9 and 84 years respectively.

Which they headline ‘Live longer, live in Canberra’. But of course, this is the wrong way around. Living in Canberra is very unlikely to do anything for you. But the kind of people who live in Canberra, especially those with higher income levels, tend to live longer. Which is quite sad, when you think about it.