1940 Census
and Average Life Expectancy in All 50 States






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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