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Vital Statistics

Thanks to the pandemic, life expectancy is down significantly nationwide, declining to 77 years in 2020 from 78.8 in 2019. But what do things look like on a state-by-state basis? The CDC recently released state-by-state numbers broken down by overall life expectancy and life expectancy by gender. The numbers are from 2019, so the pandemic's effect is not yet realized, but they still offer an interesting look at geographical differences. Most states with below-average life expectancies are in the South, while the states with above-average numbers are in the Northeast and on the West Coast. Curious to find out what the life expectancy is in your state? Read on. 


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Mississippi
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Mississippi

Overall life expectancy: 74.4

Men: 71.2

Women: 77.6


Mississippi holds the unfortunate titles of shortest overall life expectancy and shortest life expectancy for men. It also has the starkest contrast between life expectancy for men and women with a difference of 6.4 years.


Related: Life Expectancy the Year You Were Born

Charleston, West Virginia
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Louisville, Kentucky
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Nashville
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Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Arkansas
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Arkansas

Overall life expectancy: 75.7

Men: 73

Women: 78.4

Oklahoma City
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Oklahoma

Overall life expectancy: 75.7

Men: 73.2

Women: 78.3

New Orleans
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Charleston, South Carolina
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South Carolina

Overall life expectancy: 76.8

Men: 73.9

Women: 79.7

Columbus, Ohio
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Ohio

Overall life expectancy: 76.9

Men: 74.3

Women: 79.5

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New Mexico

Overall life expectancy: 76.9

Men: 73.9

Women: 80.1


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

St Louis
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Indianapolis
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Indiana

Overall life expectancy: 77

Men: 74.5

Women: 79.5

Atlanta
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Georgia

Overall life expectancy: 77.4

Men: 74.9

Women: 79.9

Charlotte, North Carolina
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North Carolina

Overall life expectancy: 77.6

Men: 75

Women: 80.1

Yellowstone National Park
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Wyoming

Overall life expectancy: 77.7

Men: 75.4

Women: 80.5

Anchorage, Alaska
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Detroit
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Michigan

Overall life expectancy: 78

Men: 75.6

Women: 80.3

Las Vegas
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Nevada

Overall life expectancy: 78

Men: 75.6

Women: 80.6

Washington, D.C.
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Delaware

Overall life expectancy: 78.1

Men: 75.1

Women: 81

Kansas City, Missouri
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Kansas

Overall life expectancy: 78.2

Men: 75.9

Women: 80.4

Maine
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Maine

Overall life expectancy: 78.3

Men: 75.8

Women: 80.9

Philadelphia
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Pennsylvania

Overall life expectancy: 78.3

Men: 75.7

Women: 80.9

Mount Rushmore
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South Dakota

Overall life expectancy: 78.4

Men: 76.1

Women: 80.8

Helena Montana
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Montana

Overall life expectancy: 78.4

Men: 76.2

Women: 80.8


The life expectancy of men in Montana hews close to the national average of 76.3.

Baltimore
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Maryland

Overall life expectancy: 78.5

Men: 75.8

Women: 81.2


The life expectancy of women in Maryland falls just shy of the national average of 81.4.

Austin, Texas
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Texas

Overall life expectancy: 78.6

Men: 76.1

Women: 81

Fargo, North Dakota
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North Dakota

Overall life expectancy: 78.8

Men: 76.3

Women: 81.5


North Dakota's life expectancy for men matches the national average for men.

Arizona
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Chicago
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa

Overall life expectancy: 79

Men: 76.5

Women: 81.6

Miami
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Arlington, Virginia
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Virginia

Overall life expectancy: 79.1

Men: 76.8

Women: 81.3

Nebraska State Capitol
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Nebraska

Overall life expectancy: 79.2

Men: 77.1

Women: 81.3

Skyscrapers skyline of Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, WI
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Wisconsin

Overall life expectancy: 79.3 

Men: 77

Women: 81.5

New Hampshire
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New Hampshire

Overall life expectancy: 79.4

Men: 77.1

Women: 81.6

Providence Rhode Island
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Rhode Island

Overall life expectancy: 79.5

Men: 77

Women: 81.8

Boise, Idaho
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Idaho

Overall life expectancy: 79.5

Men: 77.5

Women: 81.5

Portland, Oregon
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Oregon

Overall life expectancy: 79.6

Men: 77.3

Women: 81.9

Salt Lake City, UT
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Montpelier, Vermont
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Vermont

Overall life expectancy: 79.8

Men: 77.2

Women: 82.3

Denver, Colorado
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Colorado

Overall life expectancy: 80

Men: 77.8

Women: 82.2

Seattle
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Washington

Overall life expectancy: 80

Men: 77.9

Women: 82.1

Jersey City, New Jersey
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New Jersey

Overall life expectancy: 80.1

Men: 77.6

Women: 82.5

Hartford, Conn.
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Connecticut

Overall life expectancy: 80.3

Men: 77.7

Women: 82.8

Boston
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Massachusetts

Overall life expectancy: 80.4

Men: 77.9

Women: 82.8

Minneapolis
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Minnesota

Overall life expectancy: 80.4

Men: 78.3

Women: 82.6

Statue of Liberty National Monument, New York City
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New York

Overall life expectancy: 80.7

Men: 78.2

Women: 83.1

San Francisco
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California

Overall life expectancy: 80.9

Men: 78.4

Women: 83.3


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.


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: 80.9

Men: 78

Women: 83.9


In Hawaii, the life expectancy for women is the highest in the nation, at 83.9 years. The state also has the fifth-largest gap in the life expectancy of women vs. men at 5.9 years.


Related: America's Healthiest States for Seniors, Ranked