Special Report

Cities With the Shortest Life Expectancy in Every State

6. Colorado
> Metro area:
Pueblo
> Life expectancy: 76.9 years
> Obesity rate: 26.5%
> Poverty rate: 18.8%

Of the seven metro areas in Colorado, only one — Pueblo — has a lower life expectancy than the national life expectancy of 78.5 years. The average Pueblo resident is expected to live for just 76.9 years, the shortest life expectancy in Colorado and among the lowest in the country. As in many cities with low life expectancies, Pueblo residents are less wealthy than state residents overall. The typical Pueblo household makes $41,047 a year, more than $20,000 less than the statewide median household income of $61,303. Also, 18.8% of Pueblo residents live below the poverty line, the highest poverty rate of any metro area in the state.

7. Connecticut
> Metro area:
New Haven-Milford
> Life expectancy: 79.8 years
> Obesity rate: 26.9%
> Poverty rate: 13.1%

The average Connecticut resident is expected to live for 80.4 years, the second longest life expectancy among all states. While New Haven-Milford’s 79.8 year life expectancy is the shortest in the state, it is still longer than the 78.5 year national average. New Haven-Milford’s relatively lower in-state life expectancy may be partially due to its residents’ comparatively unhealthy behaviors. Just 75.9% of metro area adults exercise regularly compared to 78.3% who do in Connecticut overall. Similarly, New Haven-Milford’s 26.9% obesity rate is higher than the statewide 24.4% obesity rate.

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

The Dover metro area is the only metro area in Delaware, and by default it has the shortest life expectancy in the state. The title is still well-deserved, as Dover’s life expectancy of 76.8 years is lower than both the statewide 78.1 year life expectancy and the national 78.5 year figure. A high obesity rate in the metro area may contribute to its low life expectancy. Dover’s adult obesity rate of 32.7% is a far higher share than the 28.2% statewide rate as well as the 27.0% national obesity rate.

9. Florida
> Metro area:
Panama City
> Life expectancy: 76.2 years
> Obesity rate: 28.9%
> Poverty rate: 14.7%

Of Florida’s 22 metro areas, 13 have life expectancies lower than the national average of 78.5 years. In Panama City, where the average resident is expected to live for just 76.2 years, life expectancy is more than six years shorter than in Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, Florida’s metro area with the longest life expectancy. Relatively unhealthy behavior in Panama City may contribute to its low life expectancy. Panama City is home to the highest share of residents who smoke in the state. The metro area’s 24.3% smoking rate is higher than both the state and national smoking rates, at 18.0% and 20.0% respectively.

10. Georgia
> Metro area:
Columbus
> Life expectancy: 74.4 years
> Obesity rate: 34.7%
> Poverty rate: 19.3%

Georgia is not a particularly healthy state. Of the 14 metro areas located within the state, residents of just one metro area are expected to live longer than the 78.5 year national average. The Columbus metro area’s 74.4 year life expectancy is the lowest in Georgia and one of the shortest nationwide. Columbus metro area residents are among the most likely in the country to be physically inactive and obese. Just 71.6% of Columbus adults exercise regularly compared to 75.7% of adults in Georgia and 77.0% of adults nationwide. Similarly, the 34.7% obesity rate in Columbus is far higher than the 28.7% statewide rate and the 27.0% national obesity rate.

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