Living in Bellevue Has Advantages

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These new findings offer detailed estimates of death rates by cause, year, and sex among the county’s nearly 400 census tracts. Residents in census tracts on Mercer Island and in Bellevue have the highest life expectancy, while those in Auburn and other areas of southeast King County have the lowest. In 2014, the top causes of premature death were: ischemic heart disease, lung cancer, self-harm, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, drug use disorders, cerebrovascular disease, cirrhosis and other chronic liver diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, diabetes, and colon and rectum cancer.

Nationally, the average life expectancy in King County is in the 95th percentile among all US counties. With a population of more than 2 million, King County ranks among the top 5% of counties in household income and life expectancy.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (University of Washington)
September 5, 2017
Life expectancy varies by up to 18 years in King County

Interesting. Barb and I probably mention the “Bellevue Bubble” to each other once a month or more.

And example: A couple weeks ago I got a chip in my car windshield fixed near a strip mall in Renton. While waiting I walked past a few shops on my way to Wal-Mart. When I got home I started to tell her about my adventure with, “The chip repair place was across the street from Wal-Mart…” And she interrupted me, “Oh no! The Renton Wal-Mart! What happened?” I told her of the three people, I saw as I walked to 200 yards to Wal-Mart, either openly using drugs or standing and swaying like they were about to fall. On the way back I saw a fourth person sitting on a bench bent over looking as if he were about to vomit being told by a cop that he could not loiter there and had to leave. And there was a homeless looking (filthy clothes and body, carrying a tattered bag) guy wandering up and down the aisles of the Dollar Store.

We shook our heads and told each other how glad we were to live in the Bellevue Bubble. We just don’t see that sort of thing in our neighborhood or where we shop.

I expect the life expectancy differences are probably due to better attention to health, ability to afford health care, less tobacco, probably less alcohol use, more exercise in the later years, lower violent crime rate, etc.. Another thing we notice is the people in south King County are much more likely to be overweight.

I still want my underground bunker in Idaho for when the Bellevue Bubble pops.


6 thoughts on “Living in Bellevue Has Advantages

  1. Years ago, I could see that the Walmart in question was heading in a very bad direction. Refused to do any shopping there. When I retired, we moved away to civilization! Best thing we ever did.

    Underground bunker in Idaho is a great idea, as long as you have enough foreknowledge as to when you must leave the “Bellevue Bubble”. I prefer to live in Idaho to begin with.

    • Underground bunker in Idaho is a great idea, as long as you have enough foreknowledge as to when you must leave the “Bellevue Bubble”. I prefer to live in Idaho to begin with.

      Agreed. But retirement and/or working from home isn’t currently an option. And Barb is more currently more comfortable in the bubble than in Idaho.

  2. The difference between the WalMarts in Smelterville and Post Falls always surprises me.

  3. It’s always about enforcement. Like grandma said; “Government and society will always be as bad as you allow them to get.”
    Wither that’s you paying police to do the job, or you doing it yourself. It has to be done to maintain the bubble.
    The next stage is the proximity to the danger. When one watches urban dirt bike gangs just take over whole intersections and police are helpless to stop them? Or just won’t because their told not to?
    As Matt Bracken points out. They could just as easily do the same in your bubble. Rob, raping, and stealing anything they want.
    And it’s just a matter of time before they do. Let’s face it. Tribalism is the future, and raiding is as natural as eating to tribes. The immigrant invasion and hard times will guarantee both.
    Plan accordingly.

    • Tribalism is the future because our betters, the anointed ones, decided that national identity independent of race or religion was a bad, bad thing, and we were all supposed to become citizens of the world. That’s not the kind of identity people have. Without a nation, the only thing left is the tribe, and we see how that works in prisons, where the first thing the guards do is sort the prisoners out by which group they look like.
      Once the thugs learn where out of town is, and how to to get there, the people in the more expensive neighborhoods are in for a big surprise.

      • I am willing to fund Gun Free Zone signs for Karen to put in front of her house.

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