Know Your State’s Life Expectancy According to the CDC


  • Life expectancy in the Southern States is shorter than those from the Western and Southeastern states.
  • Hawaii has the highest life expectancy at 81 and West Virginia has the lowest at 74.4 years.
  • The average life expectancy of Americans is 78.7 years.

Based on state-level death and population estimates from 2018, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report for life expectancies in the United States.

Here are the key findings:

The average life expectancy of Americans is 78.7 years.  Women outlive men by five years.

The top spot for the highest average life expectancy belongs to the Aloha state (Hawaii) at 81 years. California, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, New Jersey and Rhode Island respectively, follow in the top 10 for the states’ with longest lives.

People in the Southern States live shorter lives than those from those of their Northeastern and Western counterparts.

The CDC found that the bottom 10 or those with the shortest life expectancies are: West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina and Missouri.  For both men and women, West Virginia ranked the lowest with an average life expectancy of 74.4 years.

CDC researchers reported that, “With a few exceptions, the states with the largest sex differences are those with lower life expectancy at birth, while the smallest sex differences are found mostly among states with higher life expectancy.”

These life expectancy figures came after a February provisional report found that during the Covid pandemic, life expectancy fell by a year.  Since World War II, this has been the biggest decline.

The report also detailed that in 2020, the CDC predicted American life expectancy at 77.8 years.

Source: CNBC

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