Which states’ residents live longest?

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A new government report uses pre-pandemic data to rank the life expectancy of residents of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The estimated at birth life expectancy of an American was 78.7 years according to the Biden administration.

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Vital Statistics looked at 2018 final mortality statistics, population estimates, and Medicare data for persons 66 to 99 years old, to determine and rank the life expectancy at birth of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The data is broken down by sex showing that in the U.S. males had an at birth life expectancy of 76.2 years and females having at birth life expectancy of 81.2 years.


The authors note that the life expectancy data does not represent the mortality experience of an actual birth cohort, but is instead an approximation of the life expectancy of a hypothetical cohort if it experienced the mortality conditions of 2018 throughout its lifespan, the report says.

It’s also worth noting that due to the data coming from 2018, recent mortality conditions brought on by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have not been taken into account. In February, the CDC said that life expectancy across the country had fallen by one year in the first half of 2020, Reuters reports.

COVID-19 caused a 15 percent increase in the U.S. death rate last year making it the deadliest year in recorded U.S. history, Politico reported.