Here's How Long You're Likely to Live in Every State

If you're a resident of this state, you might be cutting your life short.

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Everyone wants to know what the secret is to living a long and happy life. But as with all good things, there's no easy answer. This is especially true when you account for your own individual health, diet, activity level, and a bunch of other variables. However, one study from the U.S. Burden of Disease Collaborators found that it's not just your personal lifestyle that has a big impact, it's also where you live that can add years of your life—or shave some off.

The comprehensive research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, focused on state-by-state mortality between 1990 and 2016. The findings showed that in some states, people can live up to seven years longer than they tend to in others. Interestingly, the Sun Belt and South are two regions where your life is more likely to be cut short. So, if you're considering a move—or just want a better quality and quantity of life—you might want to look for greener pastures. Read on to see each state's life expectancy, from longest to shortest. And if you'd like to learn more about how you can be happier and healthier, check out the 50 Important Habits Linked to a Longer Life.

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Hawaii

waikiki beach honolulu hawaii skyline
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Life expectancy: 81.3 years

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California

los angeles california skyline
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Life expectancy: 80.9 years

And for more ways you can extend your life, check out 100 Easy Ways to Be a Healthier Person in 2020.

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Connecticut

hartford connecticut skyline
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Life expectancy: 80.8 years

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Minnesota

downtown minneapolis minnesota
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Life expectancy: 80.8 years

And if you want to turn back the clock to your more youthful self, check out the 50 Health Tips That Will Make You Feel 20 Years Younger.

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New York

The skyline of New York City at sunset, with the Empire State Building and Midtown West in view
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Life expectancy: 80.5 years

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Massachusetts

Massachusetts
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Life expectancy: 80.4 years

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Colorado

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Life expectancy: 80.2 years

And if you're looking for some quick and easy methods to recharge your batteries, check out the 30 Amazing Ways to Improve Your Health in One Day.

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New Jersey

Newark is the largest city in New Jersey. Newark is one of largest rail and air hubs in the nation. Newark is known for its glamorous performing arts venues, premium outlet mall, museums, and the argest collection of cherry blossoms.
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Life expectancy: 80.2 years

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Washington

Seattle, Washington
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Life expectancy: 80.2 years

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Vermont

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Life expectancy: 79.9 years

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New Hampshire

Manchester is the largest city in the state of New Hampshire and the largest city in northern New England. Manchester is known for its industrial heritage, riverside mills, affordability, and arts & cultural destination.
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Life expectancy: 79.9 years

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North Dakota

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Life expectancy: 79.8 years

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Rhode Island

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Life expectancy: 79.6 years

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Utah

park city utah skyline
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Life expectancy: 79.6 years

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Florida

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Life expectancy: 79.6 years

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Oregon

Eugene, Oregon, USA downtown cityscape at dusk.
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Life expectancy: 79.5 years

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Iowa

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Life expectancy: 79.5 years

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Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconson
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Life expectancy: 79.5 years

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Arizona

The skyline of Tucson, Arizona with cacti in the foreground
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Life expectancy: 79.5 years

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Nebraska

The skyline of Omaha, Nebraska
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Life expectancy: 79.4 years

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Maryland

Maryland
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Life expectancy: 79.2 years

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Virginia

richmond virginia skyline
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Life expectancy: 79.2 years

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Idaho

downtown boise idaho
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Life expectancy: 79.1 years

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Illinois

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Life expectancy: 79.1 years

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South Dakota

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Life expectancy: 79.1 years

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Maine

beautiful lighthouse during sunset in portland Maine
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Life expectancy: 79 years

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Montana

missoula montana from above
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Life expectancy: 78.9 years

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Delaware

The aerial view of the beach town, fishing port and waterfront residential homes along the canal Lewes Delaware
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Life expectancy: 78.6 years

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Pennsylvania

downtown pittsburgh pennsylvania
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Life expectancy: 78.5 years

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Kansas

Wichita, Kansas, USA downtown skyline at dusk.
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Life expectancy: 78.5 years

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Texas

houston texas skyline
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Life expectancy: 78.5 years

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Wyoming

Panoramic aerial view of Jackson Hole homes and beautiful mountains on a summer morning, Wyoming.
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Life expectancy: 78.4 years

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Nevada

las vegas strip in nevada
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Life expectancy: 78.1 years

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Alaska

An aerial view of Juneau and the Gastineau Channel from Mount Roberts.
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Life expectancy: 78.1 years

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Michigan

skyline of detroit michigan
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Life expectancy: 78 years

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North Carolina

Downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Drone Skyline Aerial
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Life expectancy: 77.9 years

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New Mexico

santa fe new mexico skyline
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Life expectancy: 77.8 years

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Ohio

columbus ohio
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Life expectancy: 77.5 years

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Missouri

downtown st. louis missouri
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Life expectancy: 77.4 years

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Georgia

atlanta georgia skyline
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Life expectancy: 77.4 years

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Indiana

Indianapolis Indiana skyline
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Life expectancy: 77.2 years

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South Carolina

Aerial view of Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston, SC
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Life expectancy: 76.8 years

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Tennessee

Nashville Tennessee TN Drone Skyline Aerial Panorama.
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Life expectancy: 76.1 years

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Arkansas

little rock arkansas
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Life expectancy: 75.8 years

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Kentucky

An aerial view of downtown Lexington, Kentucky on a clear day
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Life expectancy: 75.8 years

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Oklahoma

tulsa oklahoma skyline
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Life expectancy: 75.7 years

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Louisiana

bourbon street in new orleans
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Life expectancy: 75.6 years

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Alabama

An aerial photo of downtown Mobile, Alabama
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Life expectancy: 75.4 years

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West Virginia

Panorama of WVU Coliseum Arena and campus of West Virginia University with river Monongahela in Morgantown, West Virginia
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Life expectancy: 75.3 years

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Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi, USA cityscape at dusk.
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Life expectancy: 74.7

And if you notice something unusual or strange happening with your body, you might want to consider these 40 Sneaky Signs That You're Unhealthier Than You May Think.

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