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As the world struggles to adjust to life a year into the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a troubling report earlier this year: the life expectancy at birth has dipped to 77.8, which is a drop from 78.8 in 2019. Curious to find out what the life expectancy is in your state? Here are state-by-state numbers from 2018, broken down by overall life expectancy and life expectancy by gender.


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Charleston, West Virginia
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West Virginia

Overall life expectancy: 74.4

Men: 71.7

Women: 77.3


West Virginia and Mississippi hold the unfortunate title of the shortest life expectancy for men, with 71.7 years.

Mississippi
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Mississippi

Overall life expectancy: 74.6

Men: 71.7

Women: 77.5


Mississippi is also where women can expect to live the shortest lives in the country at 77.5 years.

Birmingham, Alabama
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Alabama

Overall life expectancy: 75.1

Men: 72.1

Women: 78


Alabama is second to last when it comes to men’s life expectancy.

Louisville, Kentucky
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Nashville
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New Orleans
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Oklahoma City
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Oklahoma

Overall life expectancy: 75.6

Men: 73.1

Women: 78.2

Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Arkansas
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Arkansas

Overall life expectancy: 75.6

Men: 73

Women: 78.2

Charleston, South Carolina
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South Carolina

Overall life expectancy: 76.5

Men: 73.7

Women: 79.3

St Louis
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Columbus, Ohio
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Ohio

Overall life expectancy: 76.8

Men: 74.2

Women: 79.3

Indianapolis
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Indiana

Overall life expectancy: 76.8

Men: 74.4

Women: 79.3

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New Mexico

Overall life expectancy: 77.2

Men: 74.2

Women: 80.4


New Mexico has the starkest contrast when it comes to the difference in life expectancy of men vs. women, with 6.2 years separating the sexes.

Atlanta
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Georgia

Overall life expectancy: 77.2

Men: 74.7

Women: 79.7

Charlotte, North Carolina
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North Carolina

Overall life expectancy: 77.6

Men: 74.9

Women: 80.2

Washington, D.C.
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Detroit
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Michigan

Overall life expectancy: 77.7

Men: 75.4

Women: 80.1

Wilmington, Delaware
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Delaware

Overall life expectancy: 77.8

Men: 74.8

Women: 80.6

Las Vegas
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Nevada

Overall life expectancy: 77.9

Men: 75.4

Women: 80.5

Anchorage, Alaska
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Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas

Overall life expectancy: 78

Men: 75.7

Women: 80.3

Yellowstone National Park
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Wyoming

Overall life expectancy: 78.1

Men: 76.1

Women: 80.3

Philadelphia
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Pennsylvania

Overall life expectancy: 78.1

Men: 75.5

Women: 80.8

Austin, Texas
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Texas

Overall life expectancy: 78.4

Men: 76

Women: 80.8

Baltimore
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Maryland

Overall life expectancy: 78.5

Men: 75.8

Women: 81.1


The life expectancy of women in Maryland falls just shy of the national average of 81.2.

Maine
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Maine

Overall life expectancy: 78.6

Men: 75.9

Women: 81.2


In Maine, life expectancy for women matches the national average of 81.2 years for women.

Arizona
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Helena Montana
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Montana

Overall life expectancy: 78.7

Men: 76.5

Women: 81.1


The life expectancy of women in Montana also hews close to the national average of 81.2.

Chicago
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Miami
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Mount Rushmore
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South Dakota

Overall life expectancy: 78.9

Men: 76.5

Women: 81.4

Arlington, Virginia
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Virginia

Overall life expectancy: 79

Men: 76.6

Women: 81.3

Boise, Idaho
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Idaho

Overall life expectancy: 79

Men: 76.8

Women: 81.3

Nebraska State Capitol
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Nebraska

Overall life expectancy: 79.1

Men: 76.8

Women: 81.4

New Hampshire
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New Hampshire

Overall life expectancy: 79.1

Men: 76.7

Women: 81.5

Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa

Overall life expectancy: 79.2

Men: 76.8

Women: 81.6

Skyscrapers skyline of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, WI
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Wisconsin

Overall life expectancy: 79.3 

Men: 76.9

Women: 81.6

Fargo, North Dakota
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North Dakota

Overall life expectancy: 79.3

Men: 77

Women: 81.7

Montpelier, Vermont
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Vermont

Overall life expectancy: 79.3

Men: 77

Women: 81.7

Salt Lake City, UT
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Portland, Oregon
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Oregon

Overall life expectancy: 79.7

Men: 77.5

Women: 81.9

Providence Rhode Island
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Rhode Island

Overall life expectancy: 79.8

Men: 77.2

Women: 82.2

Jersey City, New Jersey
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New Jersey

Overall life expectancy: 79.8

Men: 77.3

Women: 82.3

Denver, Colorado
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Colorado

Overall life expectancy: 80

Men: 77.7

Women: 82.3

Seattle
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Washington

Overall life expectancy: 80

Men: 77.9

Women: 82.1

Boston
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Massachusetts

Overall life expectancy: 80.1

Men: 77.7

Women: 82.5

Hartford, Conn.
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Connecticut

Overall life expectancy: 80.4

Men: 77.9

Women: 82.9

Minneapolis
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Minnesota

Overall life expectancy: 80.5

Men: 78.4

Women: 82.6

Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City
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New York

Overall life expectancy: 80.5

Men: 78.1

Women: 82.8

San Francisco
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California

Overall life expectancy: 80.8

Men: 78.4

Women: 83.1


While Hawaii boasts the highest overall life expectancy in the nation, California beats the Aloha State for the claim of the longest life expectancy for men with 78.4.


California also comes in second in the nation for the longest life expectancy for women. 


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Honolulu Hawaii
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Hawaii

Overall life expectancy: 81

Men: 78

Women: 84


In Hawaii, the life expectancy for women is the highest in the nation at 84 years. The state also has the second-largest gap in the life expectancy of women vs. men at 6 years.


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