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Top 5 States For The Best Longevity

Updated on August 18, 2015

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Would you like to live in Hawaii, where life expectancy from birth averages about 81.5 years?

Until science or magic or the supernatural can find ways of changing human DNA, the report of the medical profession circa 1990 stands: Human cells can divide up to the age of 113 years, give or take a few years.

Because of the advances of medicine, nutrition, and healthy living in America, life expectancy is increasing toward those numbers, especially among Asian Americans. For this subgroup, the highest expectancy is to 89.4 years, in New Jersey. In comparison, the highest life expectancy for Caucasians is 84.3, in Washington DC. Hispanics in Virginia has an expectancy of 88.3 and African Americans can expect 79.7 years at birth in Minnesota. Native Americans can look forward to 80.2 years in California.

During autumn 2012 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined data from 1999 through 2001 and found this list of the Top Five States for longevity expected at birth:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Minnesota
  3. North Dakota
  4. Connecticut
  5. Utah

This list was featured on various news agency websites, including Yahoo! sites in late July 2014. However, a more recent tally from a survey called Measure of America (related to human development) in 2013 - 2014 found a change since 2009, Barack Obama's first year as President of the United States.

The new list, with longer life expediencies than in 2001 or 2009 is:

  1. Hawaii - 81.48 years
  2. Minnesota - 80.85 years
  3. Connecticut - 80.80 years - Asian Americans in this state can expect to live 89.1 years at birth.
  4. California - 80.80 years
  5. Massachusetts - 80.5 years - Asian Americans in this state can expect to live 89.1 years at birth.

The difference between Hawaii and the other Top Five is significant.

New York rated a life expectancy from birth to be 81.50 years, ahead of Hawaii, but for unclear reasons, it was placed as Number Six on the list.

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Top 10 Best Developed States or Large Metro Areas

Measure of America found many US States to have increased their overall development of well-being and opportunity for residents and the following are the Top 10 places for that development, with those in the five highest life expectancies group in bold:

  1. Connecticut
  2. Massachusetts
  3. New Jersey
  4. District of Columbia (Washington DC)
  5. Maryland
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Minnesota
  8. New York
  9. Colorado
  10. Hawaii

The State of California ranks at Number Twelve.

One can expect that better opportunities and well-being enter into the equation for longer, healthier lives and this may be visibly true for the four states in bold print above.

Looking at these lists presented above, one can find a reasonable selection of areas for relocation for education, work, retirement, and other interests.

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Highlighting the States with Highest Longevity

A number of reasons are responsible for long lives in certain areas of the United States. Living beside water has proved to provide many heath benefits in the last several decades, all available in the combined published medical literature.

Some important benefits include relaxation, stress reduction, and the lowering of blood pressures. Fresh seafood may offer additional benefits, depending on the type of fish or other seafood chosen, including kelps and seaweeds. Hawaii certainly has all of these.

The quality and availability of good healthcare are also essential to a long life, as is something useful to do.

View the videos below and find information about the other places in America when people will live the longest. Please feel free to add your experiences in Comments below.

A Walking Tour In Hawaii

A City in Minnesota

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Eden Prairie, Minnesota was chosen by economic publications as the Best City in America. One of the reasons for this designation is the large number and wide variety of jobs and careers available in this city. See a link below for much more information.

An Eden Prairie open air art show.
An Eden Prairie open air art show. | Source

Connecticut, the Land of Steady Habits

Connecticut - America the Beautiful

Captain's Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Captain's Cove Seaport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. | Source

Visit California

Lake Tahoe, California.
Lake Tahoe, California. | Source

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center Patients Enjoy "Sailing Heals" Program

Historic Boston, Massachusetts

USS Constitution in Boston Naval Shipyard. Built in 1797.
USS Constitution in Boston Naval Shipyard. Built in 1797. | Source

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      I don't know the answer to why Asian Americans have been living longer, but it may involve diet, if traditional Asian diets are followed.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I wonder why Asian Americans live so much longer?

      I'm not surprised about Hawaii though given the delicious food and stress-free lifestyle and perfect weather.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      @favored - Some studies released in the late 1990s suggested that humans should turn down thermostats in winter in order to lengthen their lives. Perhaps they are correct. Thanks for commenting!

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      It doesn't surprise me about the NE states because of the vast number of opportunities there creating a well-rounded environment. I thought it was interesting that most of the top ranking states for longevity had to do with colder areas.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      You're welcome Patty. The book also addresses things the different groups of people did that may have contributed to their longevity.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      The Blue Zones sounds like a book I need to read, so thanks for that information!

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I had read a book called The Blue Zones; it's a good read about the highest concentrations of centenarians. California also made that list.

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      Kamal Mohta 3 years ago from Guangzhou

      You have described some interesting demographic facts. I do know that access to health care, gender and food habits play an important role in life expectancy. Is there a geographical angle (living close to a water body) to it? Relationships have been found for variants like temperature, rainfall and quality of ground water. I guess that we would know the answer once scientists do more research on it.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      That's an interesting thought. Medical research tells us to lower the temperature of the furnace somewhat in the winter in order to live longer as well. Thanks for that good comment!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Except for Hawaii, the top five states are in cold weather territory. I can understand how the cold would help to shelter one from living a fast-paced life that ages one quickly.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Congratulations! I have friends in Minnesota who enjoy it there.

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      Sree 3 years ago from Hopkins, MN, US

      This just let me feel good since am from Minnesota..

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      Jyoti Kothari 3 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Patty,

      Life expectancy may rise up to 113 years as you have described. It is rising worldwide. Large numbers of Indians are also above 80 amd some of them are above 100.

      Nice article rated up.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      I can see why beauty and and tranquility would prolong life in Hawaii. Interesting, well researched hub that gives us pause for thought about our lifestyle.

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patty Inglish, MS, just dropping in to see how this corner of Hubpages is fairing. I have lived in two of the five states you highlight. Hawaii is 'electric', slow paced, abounds with natural beauty and they pipe in aromatic air (pretty sure). California on the other hand was at one point a land of natural beauty and I imagine charm. Let me tell your readers not to migrate to the Inland Empire, they must have good PR people but it is a desert never-the-less. I am not sure there is a verifiable link between the States and the statistics.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Interesting thoughts on location as related to longevity. I would think life style along with genetics would be most important, but I suppose location could be a factor too, as you so well point out. Great read!

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      That's funny! I remember hearing that joke. Some people will probably change plans and move to those states to retire!

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      Jill Spencer 3 years ago from United States

      It is interesting to speculate about the factors that make one locale a healthier place to live than another--if locale is actually the important factor. Makes me think of that joke, "I read that most accidents happen within five miles of the home. So I moved." I wonder how many people will consider moving to one of these states in order to increase their lifespans?

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Hi, KKG! It is good to see you here.

      One would think that Florida is good for health and relaxation, since so many people retire to the state. I wish you a long life, anyway!

      My stat's not on the best list, either.

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Unfortunately I don't live in a state that is even mentioned for longevity. Interesting.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      I am sorry about the devastation that AIDS is still causing in your country!

      As for stats, I bet the World Health Organization and the UN have those.

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      Hendrika 3 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I find this very interesting. I am from South Africa and I wonder how our stats would compare. It is certain though that the life expectancy will not b as high because of AIDS really taking its toll from the less privileged population.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      MsDora - That is a good idea to create your own Hawaii. I wonder how important actual climates are to aging?

      Ericdierker - The CDC has tables for life expectancies at birth and at age 25, but I don't see other ages. Social Security has a table for ages 0 to 119 by gender. Life insurance companies have life expectancy tables for a range of ages as well.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very interesting study and article, thank you. When we say "from birth" does that mean if you reach 60 then you will probably live longer than the "from birth" age?

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Quite revealing! Thanks for highlighting those features which are prevalent in longevity. Perhaps we can try to create (as nearly as we can) our own Hawaii where we live. I appreciate the information.

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      Patty Inglish 3 years ago from North America

      Massachusetts certainly has improved in the standings! Is the population increasing faster than previously, with people moving in from other states?

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      Nelda Hoxie 3 years ago

      I was hoping that my state of Massachusetts would improve since we adopted and implemented our own version of the Affordable Health Care Act five years before the rest of the country.