What do you think – is your state among the 10 states with longest life expectancy? You don’t know? You can find out by looking at our list at the end of this article, but then again, before you start searching for your state in this list maybe you would want to find out more about the life expectancy in the US and also in the entire world. Let’s start from the beginning – what is exactly “life expectancy” and how does it vary from country to country? The term “life expectancy” denotes the number of years a person is expected to live, and it’s calculated by the statistical average. Usually by “life expectancy” it is meant life expectancy at birth, and not any other time in life.
There are many factors that affect life length, and the most important ones are: access to healthcare, economic status, lifestyle, diet, and relevance of mortality data. If you’ve thought that only health care and lifestyle have a valuable role in determining life expectancy, you better think again, because environmental catastrophes, suicides, and murders also count. People usually don’t think of these factors when they think of average life expectancy in any country, they often presume that those countries with longest life expectancy are also the healthiest countries in the world. While there is an essential connection between “life expectancy” and “health care” it is not the decisive one connected to the average life length. To learn something more about this issue and to find out which are the countries with the longest life expectancy in the world check out our list – Country-by-Country Life Expectancy: The World’s 15 Healthiest Countries. Also don’t forget to check out our article about the 10 most beautiful states in the US.
Before we finally provide you with the list of the 10 states with longest life expectancy in the US, let us state some very interesting facts about this topic. Do you know how old was the oldest person ever? The oldest verified person ever was Jeanne Calment, who lived 122 years and 164 days. That’s more than a century! Can you imagine living that long? We can’t either. Right behind Jeanne Calment, second on the list of 100 verified oldest people, with 117 years and 97 days long life is Sarah Knauss from the US. She was a famous American supercentenarian (a person who has lived to his/her 110th birthday at least). What is interesting is that there are many Americans on this list; hence, it would be fun to find out how the US stands among the countries in the entire world by life expectancy. According to the CIA’s World Factbook, the US is in 42nd place, by longest life expectancy at birth, among overall 224 countries overall. Average life expectancy in the entire US is 79.56 years, according to the estimates made in 2014. In the very bottom of this list is Chad with average life expectancy of only 49.44 years.
We will provide you with stats about the average life expectancy of each state in our list, but you should be aware of the fact that the life expectancy varies between races and genders. Women usually live longer than men everywhere. This gender gap can be pretty big in some countries; it can go up to 10 years. Statistical information about the average life expectancy for each state in the US we have collected from the Measure of America’s third national human development report (2013-2014). And those stats have shown us that 10 states with longest life expectancy in the US are:
The average life expectancy at birth: 80.2