These are the states with the longest and shortest life expectancies

A new report from the CDC has revealed the life expectancy for every U.S. state. The report shows the life expectancy for the entire U.S. population in 2018 was 78.7. Hawaii had the highest life expectancy with 81 years and West Virginia had the lowest life expectancy at 74.4 years old.

States in the South faired worse when compared with the Northeastern and Western states.

Women were more likely to outlive men by 5 years nationwide, according to the study.

The data used to prepare the U.S. state life tables for 2018 are state-specific final numbers of deaths for the year 2018; July 1, 2018 state-specific population estimates based on the 2010 decennial census; and state-specific death and population counts for Medicare beneficiaries aged 66–99 for the year 2018 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Top 10 States with Highest Life Expectancy
1. Hawaii
2. California
3. New York
4. Minnesota
5. Connecticut
6. Massachusetts
7. Washington
8. Colorado
9. New Jersey
10. Rhode Island

Bottom 10 State with Lowest Expectancy
51. West Virginia
50. Mississippi
49. Alabama
48. Kentucky
47. Tennessee
46. Louisiana
45. Oklahoma
44. Arkansas
43. South Carolina
42. Missouri


Women lived longer than men in every state, ranging from 3.8 more years to as high as 6.2 additional years.

‘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,’ the CDC wrote in its report.

The CDC’s latest life expectancy figures comes on the heels after they published report in February that found life expectancy during the pandemic fell by a year in the first half of 2020 — the biggest decline since World War 2. The report noted that the U.S. death rate increased by 15 percent last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, making it the deadliest year in recorded U.S. history. Life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population declined from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77.8 years for January through June 2020.

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