New Jersey Residents Have 9th-Longest Life Expectancies in US

You won’t live forever, but if you reside in New Jersey, chances are you will have a longer life than people living in the South, at least according to the CDC. 

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.

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  1. A ninth place finish may be decent, but it won’t get New Jersey into the playoffs if the same rules are applied as in professional sports. Only 8 teams per conference make into the NBA post season in a regular virus-free year. In other sports, even less teams make into the post season. Unless US life expectancy rules are changed this year because of the virus, as was done in professional sports last year, New Jersey will, sadly, sit out the playoffs once again. New Jersey officials, and the front office, need to look at what the top seeded states are doing correctly and follow suit. New Jerseyans deserve better, they deserve a first place finish. A 79.8 points life expectancy won’t cut it in today’s society. New Jersey can do better. The fans deserve better.
    Let’s go, new Jersey, New Jersey, lets go!

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