Special Report

Cities With the Longest Life Expectancy in Every State

26. Montana
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 79.0 years
> Obesity rate: 21.1%
> Poverty rate: 15.4%

Of Montana’s three metro areas, residents of just one — Missoula — have a higher life expectancy than an average American born today. Life expectancy in Missoula is 79.0 years, about half a year longer than the national average. As in many cities with longer life expectancies, Missoula adults are less likely than the average American to smoke or be obese. The 21.1% obesity rate in Missoula is lower than the 27.0% national rate. Similarly, 17.3% of Missoula adults smoke, compared to 20.0% of Americans overall.

27. Nebraska
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 80.3 years
> Obesity rate: 26.4%
> Poverty rate: 14.0%

Nebraska is a relatively healthy state, and residents in all three of its metro areas are expected to live longer than the average American. In Lincoln, the 80.3 year life expectancy is the highest in Nebraska, and significantly higher than the 78.5 year national average. As in many cities with longer life expectancies, Lincoln residents are more likely to exercise and less likely to be obese than residents of the rest of the state’s metro areas. Of all Lincoln adults, 81.0% exercise regularly and 26.4% are obese — the highest and lowest such rates in the state, respectively.

28. Nevada
> Metro area:
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise
> Life expectancy: 78.0 years
> Obesity rate: 24.9%
> Poverty rate: 15.2%

As a whole, Nevada is not a particularly healthy state. Of the three metro areas within state boundaries, none have longer life expectancies than the average American. Even in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, the metro area with the longest life expectancy in Nevada, residents are expected to live for half a year less than the national average of 78.5 years. Health insurance can help its recipients receive timely medical care and ultimately provide better health outcomes. The opposite is true in Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, where just 84.0% of residents have health insurance, the lowest coverage rate in Nevada.

29. New Hampshire
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 80.2 years
> Obesity rate: 27.2%
> Poverty rate: 8.7%

The Manchester-Nashua metro area is the only metro area in New Hampshire, and is home to its highest life expectancy by default. Nevertheless, this ranking is well deserved. The 80.2 year life expectancy in Manchester-Nashua is higher than both the statewide and national life expectancies of 79.9 and 78.5 years, respectively. Manchester-Nashua is also home to a high median household income and a low poverty rate, which has likely contributed to its longer life expectancy. The typical household in the metro area earns $71,422 annually, far higher than the $53,657 national median household income. Similarly, the 8.7% poverty rate in Manchester-Nashua is the sixth lowest of any metro area in the nation.

30. New Jersey
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 79.3 years
> Obesity rate: 23.7%
> Poverty rate: 11.9%

Of the four metro areas in New Jersey, residents of just one — Trenton — are expected to live longer than the average American born today. Trenton’s 79.3 year life expectancy is the longest in New Jersey and almost a full year longer than the 78.5 year national average. As in many other cities with longer life expectancies, Trenton residents are more likely than most Americans to abstain from smoking and less likely to be obese. The 23.7% obesity rate in the metro area is lower than the 27.0% national rate, and the 13.3% smoking rate is considerably lower than the 20.0% national rate.

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