Special Report

The City With the Longest Life Expectancy in Every State


To determine the cities where people live the longest, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on life expectancy in U.S. metropolitan areas from County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

To obtain metro area life expectancy estimates, we mapped the counties to their corresponding metro areas and calculated the average life expectancy across all counties in a given metro area. CHR used National Center for Health Statistics data from 2016-2018 for this measure.

Obesity and smoking rates, as well as the share of people who don’t exercise on a regular basis came from CHR as well.

Metro-level median household income and the percentage of people who don’t have health insurance came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey.

The states of New York, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maryland, and Wyoming each have a longer life expectancy than the MSA with the longest life expectancy within each respective state. This discrepancy (albeit less than a year) is a product of differing population and sample sizes as well as metropolitan statistical areas that encompass multiple states within its boundaries.