Lucky we live Hawaii: National study finds Hawaii residents lead longer, healthier lives

Updated: Apr. 10, 2018 at 4:45 PM HST
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HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii residents live and stay healthy longer than the average U.S. citizen, according to a recent national study.

The study, done by the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed death rates by state in 1990 and 2016, as well as the average number of years people live healthy lives.

Hawaii came in the top spot with an overall average life expectancy of 81 years, a few years more than the nation's 79-year national average. Mississippi had the lowest expectancy rate at 74.7 years — a 6.6 year difference when lined up with the Aloha State.

The comprehensive study also broke down life span averages by gender nationwide as well as by state, and found that, on average, women lived longer than men. In Hawaii, the average woman in 2016 lived to be 84, while the average man in Hawaii only lived to be about 78.

Both Hawaii men and women lived longer than their average U.S. counterparts at 81 and 76 years respectively.

Hawaii was a close second after Minnesota in the number of healthy years residents lived, with an average of about 70 healthy years for men and women. West Virginia residents came in dead last with an average of only 63.8 years.

The study also found that Hawaii was the only state where the probability for death was less than 65 percent for people aged 55 to 90.

Despite the steady increase in life expectancy since 1990 due to improvements in safety and modern medicine, Hawaii was one of only nine states that had life expectancy values greater than 80 years. Hawaii and Minnesota were also the only two states to have healthy life values above 70.

The study in its entirety can be accessed below.

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