April 20, 2024

We already know that lifestyle choices can help influence how long you live. But where you live may also factor into your longevity.

Consider this: in 2019, the U.S. landed at No. 40 for life expectancy when compared to other countries, according to the World Health Organization. With America’s advanced healthcare system in mind, an average life expectancy of 78.5 years, prior to Covid-19, was pretty low.

But there are some states where residents have a better chance at living longer lives, and it may be due, in large part, to their healthy lifestyles.

Life Extension, a company that aims to “extend the healthy human lifespan,” compiled federal data to determine the best states for longevity based on life expectancy at birth and eight lifestyle factors:

  • Exercise
  • Healthy diet
  • Healthy weight
  • Sleep quality
  • Stress levels
  • Social isolation
  • Proximity to parks
  • Amount that people spend on outdoor recreation

States ranked high not only because of long life expectancies, but also if their residents live a healthy lifestyle.

The No. 1 state for a long, healthy life: Hawaii

It’s not surprising that Hawaii landed the number one spot as the best state for longevity. The Aloha State’s life expectancy at birth is 80.7 years, which exceeds all other states and is three years longer than the national average.

But it wasn’t life expectancy alone that helped the state rise to the top. Two-thirds of their residents report that they eat fruits and vegetables every day, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And 82.6% of them also say they have a park or school within a half-mile of their homes, the CDC’s data shows.

Top 10 best states in the U.S. for a long, healthy life