Best places for a long life

Residents of these 25 counties enjoy some of the highest life expectancies in the U.S.

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25. Williamson County, TX
25. Williamson County, TX
Dell Diamond, home of minor-league team the Round Rock Express
Towns include: Brushy Creek, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Leander, Round Rock
Life expectancy at birth: 79.68 years

This fast-growing Austin metro area county ("Wilco" to the locals) is home to the city of Round Rock, which calls itself "The Sports Capital of Texas." And in Texas, that's really saying something. They're not talking about the major leagues, though: The boast refers to amateur and recreational sports for all ages.

Of course, Williamson is also convenient to Austin; the Texas capital is one of the nation's best cities for live music, and there's plenty of happy spillover into Williamson County, where you'll find a wealth of music venues and teachers.

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Last updated September 22 2008: 11:08 AM ET
Source: Life expectancy stats from consultant Bert Sperling of, Centers for Disease Control.
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