Friday, May 22, 2015

Do you know in which states people live the longest?

While perusing the internet the other day I happened upon some very interesting statistics.  It seems that the CIA did a study to determine in which countries people live the longest. I have no idea why that particular agency would be interested in this type of information but that’s who compiled all of the data. If you look at the chart below you can see a synopsis of that study.

I find the difference in life expectancy for different parts of the world to be amazing. For instance, did you know that the average person in Angola only lives to the age of 40? I had no idea that people had such a short lifespan in any country in today’s world. On the opposite end of the scale people in Monaco live to the ripe old age of 90+. That sounds like the perfect place to retire if you ask my opinion!

The average life expectancy in the U.S. is about 79 ½ years. Not so shabby, right? That number made me wonder in which parts of the U.S. people live the longest.  Is there a part of the country that outlives the rest of us? After a bit of research I found what I was looking for.  I only included the top 25 states for longevity for the sake of brevity but you can find the complete list on Wikipedia if your 
state is not listed here.

As you can see, Hawaii comes in first at 81.3 years. I guess that makes sense if you consider the mild weather and relaxed attitude of most of the people there. I doubt that the stress level there compares with the daily grind that most of us face here in the big cities. Is your state in the top 25? Mine (Virginia) just barely made the top half of the list at #24 with a life expectancy in years of exactly 79. I wonder if I’ll still be a realtor at that time?  If not you can find me in Monaco adding 11 more years to my life!

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