La Cañada Flintridge topped the list of average life expectancies in Los Angeles County, according to a report released this week.
La Cañadans can expect to live an average life span of 87.8 years — 4.1 years longer than La Crescenta-Montrose residents (ranked 12th), 4.9 years longer than Glendale residents (ranked 22nd) and 6.6 years longer than Burbank residents (ranked 37th), according the report by the Los Angeles County Department of Health
Robert Stanley, director of community development for La Cañada Flintridge, attributed the results to multiple factors, including a weekly farmers market, walkable streets and effective public education. The city also maintains an extensive trails system, safe parks and sports fields, he added.
"If you look at this community, we have a lot of open space," Stanley said. "[The City Council] has dedicated a lot of effort and resources to getting those open spaces."
Average life expectancy is a fundamental measurement of the health of a population, Jonathan Fielding, the county's director of public health, said in a summary of the report.