According to a recently released study, Americans have an average life expectancy of 78.7 years, with women living on average 5 years longer than men, but people in the South fared worse than those in the North of the country. West Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, South Carolina, and Missouri had the shortest life expectancies, with West Virginians living 74.4 years on average.
Unsurprisingly, Hawaii had the longest life expectancy at 81 years, followed by California, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington, and Colorado, and then New Jersey in 9th place, with an average life expectancy of 79.8 years.
The study from the CDC came just a month after they found that life expectancy fell by nearly a full year – the most since World War II – during the first half of 2020 as America dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
The CDC also predicts that children born in 2020 will have an average life expectancy of 77.8 years, although that number can of course change dramatically based on developments over the next few decades.
Read the full CDC report below.nvsr70-1-508