10 US States with the Highest Life Expectancy

10) Utah

Utah comes in 10th with an average lifespan of 80.2 years. As of 2015, the state has the 11th highest median household income in the country and the least income inequality of all the states. It has low rates of teen pregnancy and child poverty, as well as a low rate of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease. Utahans are also more likely to be active outdoors with ample space and moderate climate for biking, running and climbing. Another reason Utahans may live longer is that about 60 percent are affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and Mormons tend to build strong communities and avoid alcohol and other addictive substances. Studies have found that residents who are members of the LDS church tend to have longer lives than residents who aren’t.