The 50 Cities in America Where People Live the Longest

Because your surroundings play a big part in your longevity.

The 50 Cities in America Where People Live the Longest
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If you want to live a long and happy life, you probably know that you need a healthy diet and regular exercise. (If you’re really in the know, you know that you should adopt high-intensity exercise, specifically.) But you may be overlooking another important influence on your longevity: your surroundings.

According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, “where you live has a big impact on your health.” Everything from air pollution to noise levels to public parks plays a role in your wellbeing. If your neighborhood is walkable, for instance, you’ll be all but guaranteed to slash your risk of obesity and type-II diabetes.

It all got us thinking: what are the communities across America where people are living the longest? Well, we crunched the numbers—factoring in per capita life expectancy, percentages of heart disease and diabetes, and the percentage of the population that regularly gets checkups and seeks out preventative care—to create our proprietary “longevity score.” And for more advice on where to settle down to live long and prosper, here are The 100 Happiest Cities in America.

50
Pembroke Pines, FL

Pembroke Pines, happiest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 168,587
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.3
Diabetes (%): 10.7
Annual Checkup (%): 75.6
Preventive Services: 27.85
Life Expectancy: 80.2
Longevity Score: 83.33

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49
St. Petersburg, FL

St. Petersburg, Florida, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 260,999
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 7.3
Diabetes (%): 10.9
Annual Checkup (%): 72.8
Preventive Services: 33.2
Life Expectancy: 78.85
Longevity Score: 83.33

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48
Fort Collins, CO

Fort Collins, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 164,207
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.6
Diabetes (%): 4.8
Annual Checkup (%): 59.9
Preventive Services: 33.7
Life Expectancy: 81.7
Longevity Score: 83.45

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47
Fremont, CA

Fremont, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 233,136
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.9
Diabetes (%): 8
Annual Checkup (%): 66.2
Preventive Services: 31.45
Life Expectancy: 81.35
Longevity Score: 83.55

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46
Des Moines, IA

Des Moines, drunkest cities, happiest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 215,472
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.6
Diabetes (%): 9.3
Annual Checkup (%): 68.5
Preventive Services: 35
Life Expectancy: 78.9
Longevity Score: 83.75

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45
Miramar, FL

Miramar, palm trees, sunrise, longest-living cities

Population: 138,449
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.4
Diabetes (%): 10.1
Annual Checkup (%): 75.3
Preventive Services: 26.55
Life Expectancy: 80.2
Longevity Score: 83.78

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44
Chandler, AZ

Chandler, happiest cities, longest-living cities, fittest cities

Population: 247,477
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.2
Diabetes (%): 7.1
Annual Checkup (%): 64.6
Preventive Services: 34.3
Life Expectancy: 80.05
Longevity Score: 83.83

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43
Irvine, CA

Irvine, happiest cities, longest-living cities, fittest cities

Population: 266,122
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.4
Diabetes (%): 6.3
Annual Checkup (%): 65.4
Preventive Services: 30.4
Life Expectancy: 82.2
Longevity Score: 84.15

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42
Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, happiest cities

Population: 465,101
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.7
Diabetes (%): 7
Annual Checkup (%): 64.7
Preventive Services: 35.55
Life Expectancy: 79.8
Longevity Score: 84.18

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41
Louisville, KY

Louisville, Kentucky Derby, longest-living cities, drunkest cities

Population: 616,261
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 7.9
Diabetes (%): 11.9
Annual Checkup (%): 73.7
Preventive Services: 37.55
Life Expectancy: 76.95
Longevity Score: 84.20

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40
Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, longest-living cities, wharf, boats

Population: 245,115
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5
Diabetes (%): 9.5
Annual Checkup (%): 74.7
Preventive Services: 32.75
Life Expectancy: 75.5
Longevity Score: 84.23

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39
Sunnyvale, CA

Sunnyvale, longest-living cities, Yahoo

Population: 152,771
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.9
Diabetes (%): 7.3
Annual Checkup (%): 65.3
Preventive Services: 31.3
Life Expectancy: 83.1
Longevity Score: 84.25

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38
Cape Coral, FL

Cape Coral, happiest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 179,804
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 7.6
Diabetes (%): 10.3
Annual Checkup (%): 72.7
Preventive Services: 33.1
Life Expectancy: 81
Longevity Score: 84.45

37
Worcester, MA

Worcester, happiest cities, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, fattest cities

Population: 184,508
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6
Diabetes (%): 10.1
Annual Checkup (%): 76.8
Preventive Services: 28.65
Life Expectancy: 79.65
Longevity Score: 84.50

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36
Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 413,651
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.1
Diabetes (%): 6.9
Annual Checkup (%): 64.6
Preventive Services: 34.5
Life Expectancy: 80.9
Longevity Score: 84.50

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35
Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, longest-living cities

Population: 141,400
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.4
Diabetes (%): 6.8
Annual Checkup (%): 62.2
Preventive Services: 36.75
Life Expectancy: 81.3
Longevity Score: 84.53

34
Huntsville, AL

Huntsville, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 193,079
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 7
Diabetes (%): 11
Annual Checkup (%): 71.2
Preventive Services: 38.05
Life Expectancy: 78
Longevity Score: 84.63

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33
Baton Rouge, LA

fattest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 227,715
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 7
Diabetes (%): 11.4
Annual Checkup (%): 76
Preventive Services: 35.4
Life Expectancy: 76.25
Longevity Score: 84.63

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32
Nashville, TN

Nashville, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 660,388
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.2
Diabetes (%): 10.4
Annual Checkup (%): 73.8
Preventive Services: 35.35
Life Expectancy: 76.8
Longevity Score: 84.68

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31
Denton, TX

Denton, old bridge, sunset, longest-living cities

Population: 133,808
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.1
Diabetes (%): 7.3
Annual Checkup (%): 66.5
Preventive Services: 33.75
Life Expectancy: 80.7
Longevity Score: 84.78

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30
Hampton, VA

Hampton, beach, sunset, pier, longest-living cities

Population: 135,410
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.1
Diabetes (%): 11.8
Annual Checkup (%): 77
Preventive Services: 33.75
Life Expectancy: 76.8
Longevity Score: 84.83

29
Boston, MA

Boston, fittest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 673,184
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.7
Diabetes (%): 8.6
Annual Checkup (%): 73.3
Preventive Services: 30
Life Expectancy: 79.8
Longevity Score: 84.90

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28
Gilbert, AZ

Gilbert, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 237,133
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.7
Diabetes (%): 6.1
Annual Checkup (%): 64.2
Preventive Services: 35.65
Life Expectancy: 80.05
Longevity Score: 85.05

27
Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fattest cities

Population: 196,445
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.2
Diabetes (%): 9.9
Annual Checkup (%): 70.3
Preventive Services: 36.3
Life Expectancy: 79.7
Longevity Score: 85.10

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26
Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee, longest-living cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities

Population: 190,894
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.1
Diabetes (%): 7.1
Annual Checkup (%): 68.7
Preventive Services: 33.9
Life Expectancy: 79.25
Longevity Score: 85.33

25
Providence, RI

Providence, longest-living cities, drunkest cities

Population: 179,219
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.1
Diabetes (%): 10.1
Annual Checkup (%): 78.1
Preventive Services: 29
Life Expectancy: 79.15
Longevity Score: 85.53

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24
Madison, WI

Madison, longest-living cities, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities

Population: 252,551
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.8
Diabetes (%): 6.3
Annual Checkup (%): 65.7
Preventive Services: 34.4
Life Expectancy: 81.05
Longevity Score: 85.53

23
Newport News, VA

Newport News, longest-living cities, arch

Population: 181,825
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.5
Diabetes (%): 10.1
Annual Checkup (%): 75
Preventive Services: 33.65
Life Expectancy: 78.15
Longevity Score: 85.60

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22
Clarksville, TN

Clarksville, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 150,287
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.2
Diabetes (%): 9.1
Annual Checkup (%): 73.4
Preventive Services: 36.15
Life Expectancy: 76.6
Longevity Score: 85.93

21
Knoxville, TN

Knoxville, fattest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 186,239
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.7
Diabetes (%): 10.3
Annual Checkup (%): 73.9
Preventive Services: 38.3
Life Expectancy: 76.8
Longevity Score: 86.00

20
Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 246,645
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.2
Diabetes (%): 8.1
Annual Checkup (%): 69.3
Preventive Services: 36.95
Life Expectancy: 80.05
Longevity Score: 86.00

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19
Charleston, SC

Charleston, longest-living cities, fattest cities, drunkest cities

Population: 134,385
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.1
Diabetes (%): 8.9
Annual Checkup (%): 67.8
Preventive Services: 39.9
Life Expectancy: 78.35
Longevity Score: 86.03

18
Naperville, IL

Naperville, longest-living cities, statue

Population: 147,122
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.3
Diabetes (%): 6.9
Annual Checkup (%): 67.4
Preventive Services: 35.1
Life Expectancy: 81.8
Longevity Score: 86.55

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17
McKinney, TX

McKinney, suburban homes, longest-living cities

Population: 172,298
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4
Diabetes (%): 7.5
Annual Checkup (%): 69.3
Preventive Services: 34.75
Life Expectancy: 81.95
Longevity Score: 87.25

16
Greensboro, NC

Greensboro, drunkest cities, happiest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 287,027
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.9
Diabetes (%): 10.1
Annual Checkup (%): 74.8
Preventive Services: 37.4
Life Expectancy: 78.35
Longevity Score: 87.28

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15
Sioux Falls, SD

Sioux Falls, happiest cities, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 174,360
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.7
Diabetes (%): 7.3
Annual Checkup (%): 69.4
Preventive Services: 38.7
Life Expectancy: 79.65
Longevity Score: 87.38

14
Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 204,759
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.7
Diabetes (%): 10.4
Annual Checkup (%): 76.9
Preventive Services: 38.1
Life Expectancy: 76.2
Longevity Score: 87.55

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13
Winston–Salem, NC

Winston-Salem, drunkest cities, fattest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 242,203
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.8
Diabetes (%): 11.6
Annual Checkup (%): 75.4
Preventive Services: 40.35
Life Expectancy: 77.95
Longevity Score: 87.65

12
Lexington, KY

Lexington, drunkest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 318,449
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 6.5
Diabetes (%): 10
Annual Checkup (%): 72
Preventive Services: 41.45
Life Expectancy: 78.35
Longevity Score: 87.65

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11
Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, happiest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 842,051
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.1
Diabetes (%): 9.2
Annual Checkup (%): 73.1
Preventive Services: 37.65
Life Expectancy: 79.45
Longevity Score: 87.95

10
Virginia Beach, VA

Virginia Beach, happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 452,602
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.9
Diabetes (%): 8.2
Annual Checkup (%): 73.1
Preventive Services: 36.25
Life Expectancy: 79.8
Longevity Score: 88.03

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9
Chesapeake, VA

Chesapeake, happiest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 237,940
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.4
Diabetes (%): 9.6
Annual Checkup (%): 76.8
Preventive Services: 36.6
Life Expectancy: 78.4
Longevity Score: 88.40

8
Plano, TX

Plano, happiest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 286,057
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.2
Diabetes (%): 8
Annual Checkup (%): 70.9
Preventive Services: 36.2
Life Expectancy: 81.95
Longevity Score: 88.43

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7
Olathe, KS

Olathe, longest-living cities

Population: 135,473
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4
Diabetes (%): 7.1
Annual Checkup (%): 67.7
Preventive Services: 38.9
Life Expectancy: 81.6
Longevity Score: 88.55

6
Durham, NC

Durham, happiest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 263,016
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 5.1
Diabetes (%): 9.2
Annual Checkup (%): 74.8
Preventive Services: 38.25
Life Expectancy: 78.95
Longevity Score: 88.85

5
Frisco, TX

Frisco, circus, longest-living cities

Population: 163,656
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.2
Diabetes (%): 6.3
Annual Checkup (%): 69.6
Preventive Services: 37.05
Life Expectancy: 80.7
Longevity Score: 88.93

4
Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, happiest cities, drunkest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 458,880
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.5
Diabetes (%): 7.7
Annual Checkup (%): 70.6
Preventive Services: 39.4
Life Expectancy: 80.75
Longevity Score: 89.28

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3
Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, pier, longest-living cities

Population: 155,810
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 3.9
Diabetes (%): 7.2
Annual Checkup (%): 71
Preventive Services: 37.3
Life Expectancy: 81.6
Longevity Score: 89.40

2
Overland Park, KS

overland park happiest cities, fittest cities, longest-living cities

Population: 188,966
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.7
Diabetes (%): 7.6
Annual Checkup (%): 70.5
Preventive Services: 40.9
Life Expectancy: 81.6
Longevity Score: 90.35

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1
Cary, NC

Cary, longest-living cities, fountain

Population: 162,320
Coronary Heart Disease (%): 4.5
Diabetes (%): 6.7
Annual Checkup (%): 71.8
Preventive Services: 43
Life Expectancy: 80.75
Longevity Score: 92.18

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