Best States for a Long, Healthy Life

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Ever wondered where you might stretch out the most years on your biological clock? Some states seem to elude the Grim Reaper like pros, while others play host to a never-ending game of tag with mortality. In the U.S., your zip code could mean an extra decade to gripe about taxes or, well, not. Here’s a sobering glimpse at the spots where forgetting your own age is practically a hobby because you’ve outlived too many presidents.

18. Virginia: History Buffs Living Into the Future

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Average age: 79 years

Virginia, where history runs deep and so does the life expectancy. Is it the historical air that grants longevity, or just the sheer determination to see the next chapter of history unfold? Either way, Virginians are sticking around, possibly to ensure history doesn’t repeat itself.

17. Utah: Elevated Living, Elevated Aging

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Average age: 79.2 years

Utah, with its high altitudes and higher life expectancies. Maybe it’s the clean mountain air or the active outdoor lifestyle, but folks here are living almost as long as their ancestors—minus the wagon travel.

16. Wisconsin: Cheese, Beer, and Centuries

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Average age: 79.5 years

Wisconsin proves that cheese and beer might just be the secret to a long life. Or perhaps it’s the endless winter that freezes the aging process. Either way, Wisconsinites are laughing all the way to their 100th birthdays, bratwurst in hand.

15. Florida: Retirees Outliving Their Savings

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Average age: 79.7 years

Florida, the sunshine state where retirees flock to live out their golden years, and apparently, an extra couple of decades. Is it the year-round golfing, the early bird specials, or just avoiding snow shoveling that does the trick?

14. Nebraska: Corn-Fed Longevity

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Average age: 79.8 years

In Nebraska, the good life means living long enough to see your corn grow—and then some. It’s the simple pleasures and perhaps the farm-fresh food that keep Nebraskans ticking.

13. North Dakota: Where Cold Preserves

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Average age: 80 years

North Dakota, where the cold winters apparently act as a life preservative. Residents here are as hardy as the cattle they raise, proving that a little snow never hurt anyone—actually, it might just help.

12. Oregon: Trailblazing to 100

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Average age: 80.2 years

Oregon, where the pioneering spirit includes trailblazing into old age. Maybe it’s the craft beers, the coffee, or the endless hiking trails, but Oregonians are living well into their vintage years.

11. Idaho: Potatoes and Longevity

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Average age: 80.3 years

Idaho, proving that there might just be something magical in those potatoes. Or perhaps it’s the tranquil rural life that keeps the heart ticking smoothly and the body moving sprightly.

10. Connecticut: Wealth and Wellness

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Average age: 80.4 years

In Connecticut, it seems wealth does buy health, or at least a few extra years. With a life expectancy that rivals the age of some of its historic homes, Connecticut is for lovers—of life.

9. Massachusetts: Revolutionary Health

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Average age: 80.5 years

Massachusetts, where the revolutionary spirit now applies to battling age. With cutting-edge healthcare and a penchant for academia, residents are too busy learning new things to grow old.

8. Colorado: Rocky Mountain High Life Expectancy

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Average age: 80.5 years

Colorado, where the mountains are high and so is the life expectancy. Outdoor lifestyles, craft breweries, and perhaps the legal greenery contribute to a state of prolonged youthfulness.

7. Washington: Evergreen and Everlasting

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Average age: 80.7 years

In Washington, it’s not just the trees that are evergreen. The combination of coffee, rain, and an active outdoor lifestyle has residents practically sprouting new rings each year.

6. California: Aging, but Make It Trendy

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Average age: 80.9 years

California, where aging is another trend to be perfected. Between Silicon Valley’s life-extending tech and LA’s health fads, Californians are too busy staying young to get old.

5. New Jersey: Turnpike to Longevity

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Average age: 81 years

New Jersey, where the life expectancy is as unexpected as a quiet turnpike. Maybe it’s the diner food or just the satisfaction of constantly proving stereotypes wrong, but folks here are in it for the long haul.

4. New York: The City That Never Ages

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Average age: 81.3 years

New York, where the city’s hustle is matched only by its residents’ refusal to let the years slow them down. The secret? Maybe it’s the bagels, or perhaps just dodging tourists keeps you young.

3. Minnesota: Nice and Old

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Average age: 81.4 years

Minnesota, proving that being “Minnesota nice” might just be the key to longevity. The winters might be long, but so are the lives, filled with community, casseroles, and a little bit of lutefisk.

2. Hawaii: Paradise Found, Longevity Guaranteed

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Average age: 82.3 years

Hawaii, where life is as lush as the landscapes. The Aloha spirit, fresh fruits, and year-round sunshine keep residents not just living longer but thriving in what must surely be paradise on Earth.

1. California: A Golden State of Agelessness

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Average age: 80.9 years

And here we circle back to California, making its second appearance because why not? In a state where health trends, innovation, and the pursuit of happiness converge, living a long, vibrant life is just part of the state’s ethos.

Rest in Peace 

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So, as we wrap up our tour of longevity in the United States, remember: whether it’s the cheese, the sunshine, or the sheer joy of proving stereotypes wrong, there’s a secret to a long life hidden in every state. Now, if only finding it was as easy as avoiding the DMV.

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Ghost Roads of America: 12 Haunted Highways with Tales of Terror and Creepy Rest Stops

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18 High-Crime Cities in the US You Should Avoid

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20 Things That Americans Tolerate That Canadians Would Never Accept

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22 of America’s Most Charming Towns

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