We recently reported which states have the healthiest seniors (Minnesota, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Iowa, respectively), and have since discovered new data that reveals discrepancies in life expectancy based not only where you live, but also on race and gender.
Life Expectancy by Location
The new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirms that the average number of healthy years after age 65 varies widely across states, though estimated healthy life expectancy is lowest in the South (10.1 years for males and 11.4 years for females in Mississippi), and highest outside the continental United States (15 years for males and 17.3 years in Hawaii).
Life Expectancy by Gender
Healthy life expectancy is higher for females versus males in all states, with the smallest difference between female and males in Louisiana (0.7 years), and the greatest between females and males in North Dakota as well as South Dakota (3.1 years).
Life Expectancy by Race
In addition, healthy life expectancy is higher for whites than blacks in all states except Nevada and New Mexico, where, respectively, life expectancy for whites is 0.4 and 0.8 years less than for blacks. The largest difference in life expectancy between whites and blacks is in Iowa (7.8 years).
For whites, life expectancy ranged from a low of 11.0 years in West Virginia to a high of 18.8 years in Washington, D.C. For blacks, life expectancy ranged from a low of 7.1 years in Iowa to a high of 15.1 years in New Mexico. The CDC did not provide estimates for Hispanics, Asians, and American Indians/Alaska Natives because sufficient reliable data were not available at the state level.