Feb 10, 2022 - Health

Hawaii leads U.S. in life expectancy

Estimated life expectancy at birth, 2019
Data: CDC National Center for Health Statistics; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

The life expectancy at birth for people in Hawaii is 80.9 years, according to state-by-state data released Thursday by the CDC National Center for Health Statistics.

  • The life expectancy at birth for Mississippians is 74.4 years. [Corrected]

The big picture: Life expectancy at birth was higher for females in all states and the District of Columbia. The smallest difference was 3.5 years, in Utah; the biggest is 6.4 years, in Mississippi. Overall, life expectancy in the U.S. increased by 0.1 year from 2018 to 2019.

  • Yes, but: This data is from before the pandemic began. Unfortunately, the overall U.S. life expectancy at birth decreased from 78.8 years in 2019 to 77 years in 2020.
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