1940 Census
and Average Life Expectancy in All 50 States


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1940 Census

We've come a long way since the 1940 Census, when the average life expectancy in America was 65.2 for women and 60.8 for men.


Let's take an an up-to-date look at the average life expectancy of the average person living in America today. Below is a list of all 50 states, ranked in order of the average life span for residents of that state.


Scroll down to see how we're doing 75 years after the 1940 Census.


But before you pack up and move to Hawaii (or out of Mississippi, or even out of the country after viewing the International chart), be aware that these are only numbers. They represent a very broad average of the population.


Variations in life expectancy by state may be due to any of a number of factors, like diet, crime rates and health care, for instance. All of these factors are a function of income. Regardless, any individual can beat the odds.


It's also worth noting that Washington D.C, if it were a state, would finish 43rd on this list.


Most shocking about DC's average life expectancy is that African Americans have (by far!) the nation's lowest average life expectancy for blacks (71.6), and Caucasians have (by far!) the nation's highest average life expectancy for whites (84.3). 



Average Life Expectancy by State

1. HAWAII                                          81.5

2. MINNESOTA                               80.9

3. CONNECTICUT                        80.8

4. CALIFORNIA                              80.8

5. MASSACHUSETTS                  80.5

6. NEW YORK                                  80.5

7. VERMONT                                   80.5

8. NEW HAMPSHIRE                  80.3

9. NEW JERSEY                              80.3

10. UTAH                                            80.2

11. COLORADO                             80.0

12. WISCONSIN                             80.0

13. WASHINGTON                       79.9

14. RHODE ISLAND                     79.9

15. NEBRASKA                               79.8

16. IOWA                                            79.7

17. ARIZONA                                   79.6

18. NORTH DAKOTA                  79.5

19. IDAHO                                         79.5

20. OREGON                                    79.5

21. SOUTH DAKOTA                   79.5

22. FLORIDA                                    79.4

23. MAINE                                         79.2

24. VIRGINIA                                   79.0

25. ILLINOIS                                     78.9

26. MARYLAND                             78.8

27. KANSAS                                      78.7

28. MONTANA                               78.5

29. PENNSYLVANIA                    78.5

30. TEXAS                                          78.5

31. DELAWARE                              78.4

32. NEW MEXICO                        78.4

33. ALASKA                                      78.3

34. WYOMING                               78.3

35. MICHIGAN                               78.2

36. NEVADA                                     78.1

37. NORTH CAROLINA            77.8

38. OHIO                                            77.8

39. INDIANA                                    77.6

40. MISSOURI                                 77.5

41. GEORGIA                                   77.2

42. SOUTH CAROLINA             77.0

43. TENNESSEE                             76.3

44. ARKANSAS                               76.0

45. OKLAHOMA                            75.9

46. KENTUCKY                              75.8

47. LOUISIANA                               75.7

48. WEST VIRGINIA                    75.4

49. ALABAMA                                 75.4

50. MISSISSIPPI                             75.0

 

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