States Where People Live the Longest

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35. Michigan
> Life expectancy at birth in 2015: 78.0 years
> Life expectancy at birth in 1980: 73.4 years (20th lowest)
> 1980-2015 life expectancy change: 4.6 years (24th smallest)

The differences in states life expectancy at birth are closely related to differences in socioeconomic and and health-related behaviors and outcomes, such as home values, the share of college educated adults, and smoking rate. In Michigan, the typical home value of $155,700 is well below the national median of $217,600. The percentage of Michigan adults with at least a bachelor’s degree of 29.1%, while high compared to other states with relatively short life expectancies, is below the national percentage of 32.0%. Approximately one in every five adults in the state smoke, among the highest proportions of all states.

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34. Nevada
> Life expectancy at birth in 2015: 78.1 years
> Life expectancy at birth in 1980: 72.7 years (7th lowest)
> 1980-2015 life expectancy change: 5.4 years (12th largest)

Nevada has one of the highest uninsured rates as well as one of the highest share of adults with no access to places for physical activity. The Sagebrush State also has among the lowest shares adult with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Education contributes to more active communication, which, research has found to be crucial in health care. Better-educated people tend to ask more questions, have better ability to interpret medication labels, and are more likely to take medication properly.

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33. Alaska
> Life expectancy at birth in 2015: 78.1 years
> Life expectancy at birth in 1980: 72.5 years (6th lowest)
> 1980-2015 life expectancy change: 5.6 years (11th largest)

The increase in life expectancy at birth in Alaska since 1980 is among the highest in the country. Life expectancy has improved significantly especially in remote areas in Alaska due to better access to quality medical care and decreasing the rate of premature deaths.

Alaska has the third highest share of residents without health insurance. It also has the seventh highest share of preventable hospitalizations at 36.05 per 1,000 people.

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32. Wyoming
> Life expectancy at birth in 2015: 78.4 years
> Life expectancy at birth in 1980: 74.2 years (22nd highest)
> 1980-2015 life expectancy change: 4.2 years (19th smallest)

The least populous state in the country has the sixth highest percentage of residents who do not have health insurance coverage and the fifth highest injury mortality rate per 100,000 people, at 90.1, compared to a national average of 65.0. Wyoming is among the states with the lowest share of diabetics who check their blood pressure on a regular basis. For insulin-taking diabetics, self-monitoring blood sugar levels has been recognized as crucial for self-care because it can help keep glucose levels within an acceptable range.

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31. Texas
> Life expectancy at birth in 2015: 78.5 years
> Life expectancy at birth in 1980: 73.6 years (25th lowest)
> 1980-2015 life expectancy change: 4.9 years (23rd largest)

The second most populous state in the country has the highest share of the population with no health insurance, at 17.3%, compared to a national share of 8.7%. About 4.5 million Texas residents are uninsured, some 700,000 of them children. Lack of coverage has been linked to serious health problems such as such as higher prevalence of illnesses and injuries, chronic diseases, and higher mortality.