Mortality includes deaths from all causes in a given year. Life Expectancy is the number of years a newborn can be expected to live if the current age-specific death rates continue. Death rates and life expectancy are complementary measures of overall health. As death rates increase, life expectancy decreases.
The life expectancy and mortality of Thurston County residents tracks closely to Washington State as a whole. Since 2000, the life expectancy of a person born in Thurston County has increased 2.1 years to 80.7 while the mortality rate has fallen from 7.9 to 6.7 deaths per 1,000 people.
Center for Health Statistics; Washington State Department of Health