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U.S. Life Expectancy Statistics Chart by States

  • Published: 2017-05-10 (Revised/Updated 2017-11-21) : Author: Disabled World : Contact: Disabled World
  • Synopsis: Chart of human lifespan expectancy statistics sorted by U.S. states and race/ethnicity.

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Did you know that countries such as Australia are far ahead of the United States in delivering preventive care and trying to curb harmful behaviors - Smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, and high blood pressure are all preventable risk factors (washingtonpost.com). Today, the life expectancy of someone born in the United States is 78.9 years. Overall, Hawaii is the U.S. state with the highest life expectancy, and the state of Mississippi is rated the lowest for lifespan years.

According to 2011 U.S. Census Bureau data, 8 of 10 of the shortest lifespan states are also within the bottom 10 of average household income - these U.S. states are; Mississippi, Kentucky, West Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Arkansas, and South Carolina. In addition, 6 of the 10 longest-living U.S. states scored within the top 10 of average household income; New Jersey, Hawaii, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and California.

Graph shows average life expectancy rates in the US from 1900 to 2011.
About This Image: Graph shows average life expectancy rates in the US from 1900 to 2011.
Listed below is a chart of United States states sorted by human lifespan expectancy and race/ethnicity. These statistics are taken from the Measure of America 2013–2014 third national human development report. Measure of America calculations use mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics 2009, and population data from the CDC WONDER database.

Notes:

Also see our Average Life Span Expectancy Chart - a list of male and female lifespan expectant averages by country and average age to death.

U.S. States Average Life Expectancy Age
RankStateAverageWhiteAfrican AmericanAsian AmericanLatinoNative American
1 Hawaii 81.3 80.4 - 82.0 76.8 -
2 Minnesota 81.1 81.2 79.7 83.5 87.3 70.2
3 Connecticut 80.8 81.0 77.8 89.1 83.1 -
4 California 80.8 79.8 75.1 86.3 83.2 80.2
5 Massachusetts 80.5 80.4 78.8 89.1 87.1 -
6 New York 80.5 80.5 77.4 88.6 83.5 -
7 Vermont 80.5 80.4 - - - -
8 New Hampshire 80.3 80.1 - - - -
9 New Jersey 80.3 80.3 75.5 89.4 84.7 -
10 Utah 80.2 80.1 - 84.6 82.1 -
11 Colorado 80.0 80.2 76.7 87.4 79.4 -
12 Wisconsin 80.0 80.3 74.0 86.4 86.0 72.5
13 Washington 79.9 79.7 77.5 85.4 85.4 73.8
14 Rhode Island 79.9 79.7 - - - -
15 Nebraska 79.8 80.0 73.9 - 85.5 -
16 Iowa 79.7 79.8 75.3 - - -
17 Arizona 79.6 79.8 76.5 86.7 80.8 72.7
18 North Dakota 79.5 80.2 - - - -
19 Oregon 79.5 79.2 77.2 86.2 85.4 -
20 Idaho 79.5 79.4 - - 83.4 -
21 South Dakota 79.5 80.4 - - - 68.2
22 Florida 79.4 79.1 75.8 88.9 83.1 -
23 Maine 79.2 79.1 - - - -
24 Virginia 79.0 79.4 75.3 87.2 88.3 -
25 Illinois 79.0 79.3 73.7 87.9 85.3 -
26 Maryland 78.8 79.4 75.5 88.2 - -
27 Kansas 78.7 78.8 73.6 - 83.5 -
28 Pennsylvania 78.5 78.9 73.4 89.0 85.3 -
29 Montana 78.5 79.1 - - - 69.2
30 Texas 78.5 78.0 74.4 88.1 80.7 -
31 New Mexico 78.4 79.0 - - 78.8 74.8
32 Delaware 78.4 78.6 75.4 - - -
33 Wyoming 78.3 78.4 - - - -
34 Alaska 78.3 79.4 - - - 70.5
35 Michigan 78.2 79.0 73.4 88.7 80.0 75.3
36 Nevada 78.1 76.7 75.9 88.1 84.7 -
37 North Carolina 77.8 78.3 74.7 88.9 - 76.6
38 Ohio 77.8 78.1 73.9 87.0 85.3 -
39 Indiana 77.6 77.7 73.8 88.1 85.9 -
40 Missouri 77.5 77.7 74.2 - - -
41 Georgia 77.2 77.6 74.7 88.0 - -
42 South Carolina 77.0 77.8 74.0 - - -
43 District of Columbia 76.5 84.3 71.6 - - -
44 Tennessee 76.3 76.7 72.9 84.2 - -
45 Kentucky 76.0 76.0 73.5 - - -
46 Arkansas 76.0 76.3 72.2 - - -
47 Oklahoma 75.9 76.0 72.8 - 85.0 73.8
48 Louisiana 75.7 76.7 72.4 85.6 - -
49 Alabama 75.4 76.0 72.9 85.3 - -
50 West Virginia 75.4 75.4 72.8 - - -
51 Mississippi 75.0 76.1 72.4 - - -

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