Santa Feans are the longest living of New Mexico residents (along with Los Alamos residents), according to 2009 data from the US Department of Health and Human Services. ---

The data I pulled for this chart comes from a federal data visualization project by Joe Meyer that allows you to sort and compare counties and communities for a variety of health indicators. I chose life expectancy, smoking, obesity and lack of exercise, just to see how it all sorted out, but one can go much further, and make sortable tables, blot maps, scatter plots etc. For those of you who are more code-savvy than I am (yet), there also is an api so you can customize your information.

I kept things simple, and used the Firefox extension Outwit to export my table to excel, and then used Tableizer to make the embeddable chart below.

I had tried to make a bubble chart with ManyEyes, but the site was being, um, tedious, so I gave up. I also tried putting the data into a pivot chart using google gadgets, but I couldn't quite figure out to make it let me look at the health factors of smoking, obesity and exercise in comparison to life expectancy, while maintaining the different counties as a factor. Still working on it. For now...here's how we stack up.


New Mexico CountyLife expectencyPercentage SmokersPercentage ObesePercentage No Exercise 
Santa Fe79.619.714.718.1 
Los Alamos79.611.112.812 
Sandoval792022.921.7 
Taos78.720.317.721 
Dona Ana78.518.322.627.7 
Union78.420.515.524.8 
Colfax78.421.520.424.5 
Harding78.4    
Mora78.424.720.621.1 
Bernalillo77.72117.518.9 
Otero77.725.224.822 
Socorro77.425.419.827.8 
Catron77.416.616.126.7 
Torrance77.428.125.227.9 
Roosevelt7724.120.533.8 
De Baca77    
Guadalupe77 20.1  
Quay7727.724.835.3 
Sierra76.824.824.425.4 
Lincoln76.822.815.622.8 
Grant76.620.320.223.4 
Luna76.622.325.335.9 
Hidalgo76.6 24.925.5 
San Juan76.423.522.321.6 
Valencia76.124.92227.7 
Cibola76.123.726.628.3 
Chaves7623.924.130.2 
Curry7625.122.426.4 
San Miguel75.826.521.526.7 
Eddy75.225.229.930.7 
Lea752927.534.6 
McKinley74.51726.822.4 
Rio Arriba74.225.419.728.3