Special Report

Cities With the Longest Life Expectancy in Every State

11. Hawaii
> Metro area:
Urban Honolulu
> Life expectancy: 80.9 years
> Obesity rate: 22.1%
> Poverty rate: 9.7%

Hawaii has the longest life expectancy of any state in the country at 80.6 years, two years longer than the national average. Residents of the Honolulu metro area can expect to live even longer — 80.9 years. Metro area residents are among the least likely Americans to smoke or be obese. Just 14.6% are smokers, and just 22.1% are considered obese. By comparison, the national smoking and obesity rates are 20.0% and 27.0%, respectively. Additionally, just 4.7% of Urban Honolulu residents do not have health insurance, which may contribute to the area’s high life expectancy.

12. Idaho
> Metro area:
Boise City
> Life expectancy: 79.9 years
> Obesity rate: 26.6%
> Poverty rate: 13.9%

As in many other metro areas with high life expectancies, Boise City residents are more likely than most Americans to abstain from smoking, which may contribute to the area’s long life expectancy. Fewer than 17% of adults in the area report a smoking habit, lower than the national rate but just in line with the state rate. A typical Boise City area resident is expected to live 79.9 years, among the longest life expectancies in the country.

13. Illinois
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 79.5 years
> Obesity rate: 27.6%
> Poverty rate: 22.1%

An average Illinois resident can expect to live 78.7 years, in line with the national average life expectancy at birth of 78.5. Individuals born in the state’s Champaign-Urbana metro area are expected to live longer — 79.5 years. Education may be one factor contributing to the metro area’s high life expectancy. More than 94% of adults in the area have at least a high school diploma, higher than the 88.2% of adults statewide and the 86.9% of adults nationwide with similar education. The college attainment rate, at 38.9% of adults in the area, is similarly high.

14. Indiana
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 78.9 years
> Obesity rate: 24.3%
> Poverty rate: 24.1%

Just 10.2% of Bloomington metro area residents do not have health insurance. The strong coverage rate may contribute to the area’s life expectancy of 78.9 years. However, unlike other cities with high life expectancies, a relatively large share of the Bloomington area’s residents live in poverty. While just over 15% of Illinois and U.S. residents live in poverty, 24.1% of Bloomington residents do, one of the highest rates among U.S. metro areas.

15. Iowa
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 80.8 years
> Obesity rate: 25.4%
> Poverty rate: 22.5%

An individual born in Iowa can expect to live 79.0 years, half a year longer than the average American. Residents of the Ames metro area are expected to live longer still. A typical Ames area resident is expected to live 80.8 years, one of the longest life expectancies in the country. Healthy habits such as a low smoking rate may be one reason for the long average life expectancy in the area. Just 10.7% of adults in the Ames metro area smoke, roughly 7 percentage points lower than the smoking rate statewide.

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