Special Report

Cities With the Longest Life Expectancy in Every State

6. Colorado
> Metro area:
Fort Collins
> Life expectancy: 81.0 years
> Obesity rate: 19.9%
> Poverty rate: 13.2%

An average Colorado resident can expect to live 79.6 years, longer than the national average of 78.5 years. Residents of the Fort Collins metro area are expected to live longer still. A typical resident is expected to live 81.0 years, among the longest life expectancies in the country. Long life expectancies may be the result of healthy behaviors and outcomes. Just 14.8% of the metro area’s adult residents are smokers, and just 19.9% are considered obese. By comparison, the national smoking and obesity rates are 20.0% and 27.0%, respectively.

7. Connecticut
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 81.7 years
> Obesity rate: 19.6%
> Poverty rate: 8.9%

While Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk has the longest life expectancy of Connecticut’s four metro areas, residents of all of the state’s metro areas are expected to live longer lives than the average American. In addition to having among the lowest smoking and obesity rates in the country — at 12.0% and 19.6%, respectively — nearly 47% of adults in the Bridgeport metro area have at least a bachelor’s degree, roughly 9 percentage points higher than the comparable state rate, which is itself much higher than the national rate. The high educational attainment helps explain the high incomes in the Bridgeport area. A typical household in the area earns $85,925 annually, higher than all but three other metro areas nationwide.

8. Delaware
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 76.8 years
> Obesity rate: 32.7%
> Poverty rate: 13.4%

The Dover metro area is the only metro area in Delaware, a state where health metrics are inline with national figures. However, many of the Dover area’s health measures are worse than the state’s. Nearly 33% of the metro’s population is obese, higher than the 28.2% of Delaware’s population that is obese. Additionally, 27.4% of Dover’s population reports no physical activity in its free time, roughly 4 percentage points higher than the state and the nation. Perhaps as a result, Dover residents are expected to live just 76.8 years on average, more than a full year less than their fellow Delawareans, and nearly two years less than Americans as a whole.

9. Florida
> Metro area:
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island
> Life expectancy: 82.4 years
> Obesity rate: 19.9%
> Poverty rate: 14.5%

At 82.4 years, the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island metro area has the second longest life expectancy at birth of any metro area in the country. As in many other urban areas with high life expectancies, Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island residents are more likely than most Americans to abstain from smoking and less likely to be obese. The city’s poverty rate of 14.5% is also lower than the nation rate of 15.5%. The relatively low poverty rate may partially account for the area’s health outcomes.

10. Georgia
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 78.8 years
> Obesity rate: 26.1%
> Poverty rate: 16.6%

An individual born in the Gainesville metro area residents is expected to live 78.8 years, slightly above the national average, but higher than the average life expectancy for Georgia residents. A typical Georgia resident is expected to live only 76.9 years. In fact, Gainesville is the only metro area in the state with an average life expectancy higher than that of the nation. In Columbus, the metro area with the shortest life expectancy in Georgia, residents’ lives are expected to be four years shorter than in Gainesville, one of the wider in-state gaps in life expectancy in the country.

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