Special Report

Cities With the Shortest Life Expectancy in Every State

21. Massachusetts
> Metro area:
Springfield
> Life expectancy: 78.9 years
> Obesity rate: 27.1%
> Poverty rate: 17.4%

The average Massachusetts resident is expected to live for 80.2 years, the fifth highest life expectancy of any metro area in the nation. While Springfield’s 78.9 year life expectancy is the lowest in the state, it is still about half a year longer than the 78.5 year national average. As in most cities with lower life expectancies, Springfield adults are more likely to smoke, not to exercise, and to be obese than the rest of the state. At 27.1%, Springfield’s obesity rate is especially high compared to the 23.9% obesity rate for Massachusetts as a whole.

22. Michigan
> Metro area:
Battle Creek
> Life expectancy: 75.8 years
> Obesity rate: 35.0%
> Poverty rate: 14.8%

Of Michigan’s 14 urban areas, residents in just four metros are expected to live longer than the 78.5 year national average. In Battle Creek, life expectancy is just 75.8 years, the lowest of any metro area in the state. As in most cities with the lowest life expectancies, Battle Creek metro area residents are generally more likely than most Americans to smoke, be overweight, and be physically inactive. Battle Creek’s obesity rate of 35.0% is one of the highest of any metro area nationwide.

23. Minnesota
> Metro area:
Duluth
> Life expectancy: 78.6 years
> Obesity rate: 27.1%
> Poverty rate: 16.2%

The average Minnesota resident is expected to live for 80.4 years, the third highest life expectancy of any state. While Duluth’s 78.6 year life expectancy is the lowest of any Minnesota metro area, it is slightly longer than the 78.5 year national average. Like in many cities with lower life expectancies, Duluth residents are more likely to smoke and be obese than state residents overall. Of all adults in the metro area, 21.4% smoke and 27.1% are obese, both higher than the respective 16.2% smoking and 25.9% obesity rates for Minnesota as a whole.

24. Mississippi
> Metro area:
Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula
> Life expectancy: 75.3 years
> Obesity rate: 32.5%
> Poverty rate: 16.7%

Mississippi is a particularly unhealthy state, and has the lowest life expectancy in the nation. Of the three urban areas in the state, residents of Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula are expected to have the shortest lives. The metro area’s 75.3 year life expectancy is the lowest in Mississippi and nearly the lowest in the country. Like most cities with low life expectancy, the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metro area has a high obesity rate. Of all adult residents, 32.5% are obese, compared to the 27.0% national obesity rate. Similarly, the metro area’s 26.1% smoking rate is higher than the corresponding national figure of 20.0%.

25. Missouri
> Metro area:
Joplin
> Life expectancy: 76.4 years
> Obesity rate: 32.9%
> Poverty rate: 17.5%

Missouri is not a particularly healthy state. Of the eight metro areas located within state boundaries, residents of just one are expected to live longer than the 78.5 year national average. The Joplin metro area’s life expectancy of just 76.4 years is the shortest in Missouri and more than two years less than that of the average American. Like most cities with low life expectancy, the Joplin metro area has a high obesity rate. The 32.9% obesity rate in Joplin is higher than the 30.9% obesity rate for Missouri as a whole and the national obesity rate of 27.0%.

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