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    States where people live the longest

    The average life expectancy in the United States is 79.68 years, with women generally having a longer life expectancy. In 2012, the average life expectancy for men was 76.4 years, while the average for women was 81.2 years. Most gaps in life expectancy can be explained by the risk factors that people engage in. The disparity between men and women, for example, is because women tend to engage in less-risky behavior than men, and suffer fewer vehicular accidents.

    People living in the southern United States are more likely to be smokers, which is a leading cause of death. A 2016 American Cancer Society study found that cigarettes contribute to one in four cancer deaths in the country. Most of the 10 states with the highest attributable cancer deaths were located in the south, which explains why many of the states with the lowest life expectancies can also be found across the region.

    The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation developed a list of life expectancy at birth for men and women using data from 2009 Measure of America calculations, which utilized mortality counts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics. Using this information, Stacker ranked each state according to average life expectancy, from lowest to highest.

    Read on to learn the average life expectancy in your state.

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  • #51. Mississippi
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    #51. Mississippi

    Average life expectancy: 75.0 years
    Female life expectancy: 78.0 years
    Male life expectancy: 71.9 years

  • #50. Alabama
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    #50. Alabama

    Average life expectancy: 75.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 78.2 years
    Male life expectancy: 72.6 years

  • #49. West Virginia
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    #49. West Virginia

    Average life expectancy: 75.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 78.1 years
    Male life expectancy: 72.8 years

  • #48. Louisiana
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    #48. Louisiana

    Average life expectancy: 75.7 years
    Female life expectancy: 78.6 years
    Male life expectancy: 72.7 years

  • #47. Oklahoma
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    #47. Oklahoma

    Average life expectancy: 75.9 years
    Female life expectancy: 78.5 years
    Male life expectancy: 73.3 years

  • #45. Kentucky (tie)
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    #45. Kentucky (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 76.0 years
    Female life expectancy: 78.5 years
    Male life expectancy: 73.4 years

  • #45. Arkansas (tie)
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    #45. Arkansas (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 76.0 years
    Female life expectancy: 78.8 years
    Male life expectancy: 73.1 years

  • #44. Tennessee
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    #44. Tennessee

    Average life expectancy: 76.3 years
    Female life expectancy: 79.0 years
    Male life expectancy: 73.5 years

  • #43. District of Columbia
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    #43. District of Columbia

    Average life expectancy: 76.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.1 years
    Male life expectancy: 72.8 years

  • #42. South Carolina
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    #42. South Carolina

    Average life expectancy: 76.9 years
    Female life expectancy: 79.8 years
    Male life expectancy: 74.0 years

  • #41. Georgia
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    #41. Georgia

    Average life expectancy: 77.2 years
    Female life expectancy: 79.7 years
    Male life expectancy: 74.6 years

  • #40. Missouri
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    #40. Missouri

    Average life expectancy: 77.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.1 years
    Male life expectancy: 74.9 years

  • #39. Indiana
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    #39. Indiana

    Average life expectancy: 77.6 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.0 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.1 years

  • #38. Ohio
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    #38. Ohio

    Average life expectancy: 77.7 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.2 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.2 years

  • #37. North Carolina
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    #37. North Carolina

    Average life expectancy: 77.8 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.4 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.1 years

  • #36. Nevada
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    #36. Nevada

    Average life expectancy: 78.1 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.6 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.6 years

  • #35. Michigan
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    #35. Michigan

    Average life expectancy: 78.2 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.7 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.7 years

  • #34. Delaware
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    #34. Delaware

    Average life expectancy: 78.3 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.7 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.9 years

  • #31. Wyoming (tie)
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    #31. Wyoming (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.8 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.0 years

  • #31. Texas (tie)
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    #31. Texas (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.8 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.0 years

  • #31. Alaska (tie)
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    #31. Alaska (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.4 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.3 years

  • #28. Pennsylvania (tie)
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    #28. Pennsylvania (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.1 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.8 years

  • #28. New Mexico (tie)
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    #28. New Mexico (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.3 years
    Male life expectancy: 75.6 years

  • #28. Montana (tie)
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    #28. Montana (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 80.6 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.4 years

  • #26. Maryland (tie)
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    #26. Maryland (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.7 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.3 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.1 years

  • #26. Kansas (tie)
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    #26. Kansas (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 78.7 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.0 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.3 years

  • #25. Illinois
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    #25. Illinois

    Average life expectancy: 78.9 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.4 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.4 years

  • #24. Virginia
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    #24. Virginia

    Average life expectancy: 79.0 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.3 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.6 years

  • #23. Maine
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    #23. Maine

    Average life expectancy: 79.2 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.5 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.8 years

  • #19. South Dakota (tie)
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    #19. South Dakota (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.4 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.6 years

  • #19. Oregon (tie)
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    #19. Oregon (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.8 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.2 years

  • #19. Idaho (tie)
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    #19. Idaho (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.6 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.4 years

  • #19. Florida (tie)
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    #19. Florida (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.5 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.3 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.6 years

  • #18. North Dakota
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    #18. North Dakota

    Average life expectancy: 79.6 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.3 years
    Male life expectancy: 76.9 years

  • #16. Iowa (tie)
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    #16. Iowa (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.7 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.0 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.3 years

  • #16. Arizona (tie)
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    #16. Arizona (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.7 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.1 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.2 years

  • #14. Rhode Island (tie)
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    #14. Rhode Island (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.8 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.3 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.2 years

  • #14. Nebraska (tie)
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    #14. Nebraska (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 79.8 years
    Female life expectancy: 81.9 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.7 years

  • #13. Washington
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    #13. Washington

    Average life expectancy: 79.9 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.0 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.8 years

  • #11. Wisconsin (tie)
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    #11. Wisconsin (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 80.0 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.4 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.5 years

  • #11. Colorado (tie)
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    #11. Colorado (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 80.0 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.2 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.8 years

  • #9. Utah (tie)
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    #9. Utah (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 80.2 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.1 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.3 years

  • #9. New Jersey (tie)
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    #9. New Jersey (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 80.2 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.5 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.8 years

  • #8. New Hampshire
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    #8. New Hampshire

    Average life expectancy: 80.3 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.5 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.0 years

  • #5. Vermont (tie)
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    #5. Vermont (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 80.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.6 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.2 years

  • #5. New York (tie)
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    #5. New York (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 80.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.8 years
    Male life expectancy: 77.9 years

  • #5. Massachusetts (tie)
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    #5. Massachusetts (tie)

    Average life expectancy: 80.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.7 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.1 years

  • #4. California
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    #4. California

    Average life expectancy: 80.7 years
    Female life expectancy: 83.1 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.3 years

  • #3. Connecticut
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    #3. Connecticut

    Average life expectancy: 80.8 years
    Female life expectancy: 82.9 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.6 years

  • #2. Minnesota
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    #2. Minnesota

    Average life expectancy: 81.0 years
    Female life expectancy: 83.3 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.7 years

  • #1. Hawaii
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    #1. Hawaii

    Average life expectancy: 81.4 years
    Female life expectancy: 84.7 years
    Male life expectancy: 78.0 years

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