Special Report

Cities With the Shortest Life Expectancy in Every State

11. Hawaii
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 80.7 years
> Obesity rate: 22.7%
> Poverty rate: 13.2%

Of Hawaii’s two metro areas, life expectancy in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina is the lowest. Nevertheless, the average life expectancy of 80.7 years in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina is higher than the 78.5 year national life expectancy. The metro area’s lower life expectancy may be the result of comparatively less healthy behavior amongst its residents. The 15.4% smoking rate and 22.7% obesity rates among adults in Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina are both higher than those of Hawaii’s other metro area, Urban Honolulu.

12. Idaho
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 77.6 years
> Obesity rate: 29.0%
> Poverty rate: 16.9%

The average Pocatello resident is expected to live for 77.6 years, the lowest life expectancy of any metro area in Idaho. Wealth, or lackthereof, may have contributed to Pocatello’s lower life expectancy. The typical Pocatello household makes $44,018 a year, the lowest median household income of Idaho’s five metro areas. Similarly, Pocatello’s 16.9% poverty rate is the highest of any metro area in the state.

13. Illinois
> Metro area:
> Life expectancy: 75.6 years
> Obesity rate: 34.3%
> Poverty rate: 18.7%

Life expectancy in the Danville metro area is just 75.6 years, the shortest among Illinois urban areas — and among the lowest in the nation. Widespread obesity among metro residents likely contributes to its lower life expectancy. Danville’s obesity rate of 34.3% is the highest in Illinois and one of the higher rates of any metro area nationwide. Smoking is also relatively commonplace in Danville. The 25.4% adult smoking rate in Danville is the second highest in Illinois, and it is significantly higher than the 20.0% share of Americans who identify as smokers.

14. Indiana
> Metro area:
Terre Haute
> Life expectancy: 76.0 years
> Obesity rate: 32.1%
> Poverty rate: 18.0%

Indiana is a relatively unhealthy state, and just three of its 12 metro areas have longer life expectancies than the national average. Life expectancy in the Terre Haute metro area is just 76.0 years, the shortest among Indiana urban areas and among the lowest in the nation. Terre Haute metro area residents are among the least likely Americans to be physically active on a regular basis. Just 71.6% of the adult population exercises regularly compared to 77.0% of Americans who do nationwide. The area’s smoking and obesity rates are also relatively high. Together, these behaviors have likely contributed to the low life expectancy.

15. Iowa
> Metro area:
Sioux City
> Life expectancy: 78.3 years
> Obesity rate: 31.7%
> Poverty rate: 13.0%

In Iowa’s eight metro areas, residents of only two are expected to have shorter lives than the average American. In Sioux City, the metro area with the lowest life expectancy in the state, the average resident is expected to live for 78.3 years. Relatively unhealthy behaviors may contribute to the metro’s shorter life expectancy. Of the area’s adult population, 20.3% smoke and 31.7% are obese — each the highest such rates in Iowa.

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