Thursday, March 11, 2021

First Time Ever: Life Expectancy by State

For the first time ever, the National Center for Health Statistics has released a report estimating life expectancy by state. The estimates are for 2018, with plans to produce the state estimates annually. 

The report reveals big differences by state in life expectancy at birth and at age 65. Hawaii is number one on both measures, with a life expectancy at birth of 81.0 years and at age 65 of 21.1 years. Life expectancy at birth bottoms out in West Virginia, at 74.4 years. Kentucky is last among the states in life expectancy at age 65—just 17.5 years. Here are the top and bottom states for life expectancy at birth...

Top 10 Bottom 10 
1. Hawaii81.0       42. Missouri76.6
2. California80.8  43. South Carolina76.5
3. New York80.5  44. Arkansas75.6
4. Minnesota80.5  45. Oklahoma75.6
5. Connecticut80.4  46. Louisiana75.6
6. Massachusetts80.1  47. Tennessee75.5
7. Washington80.0  48. Kentucky75.3
8. Colorado80.0  49. Alabama75.1
9. New Jersey79.8  50. Mississippi74.6
10. Rhode Island79.8  51. West Virginia74.4

The life expectancy of males at birth is highest in California, at 78.4 years. Female life expectancy at birth is highest in Hawaii, at 84.0 years. For both males and females, life expectancy at birth is lowest in West Virginia—71.7 and 77.3 years, respectively.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. State Life Tables, 2018 (PDF)

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