10 US States with the Highest Life Expectancy

5) Massachusetts

The New England state of Massachusetts comes in fifth, with an average life expectancy of 80.5 years. The state has low rates of infant mortality and high rates of insured residents. It also has the largest number of doctors per 100,000 residents in the country and is a major site for medical research. Massachusetts General in Boston is a teaching hospital for Harvard University. It’s part of the Longwood Medical and Academic Area, which is also home to the Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Center, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and many more. Rates of death from cancer and heart disease have declined over the years. A 2013 Gallup poll ranked it as the state with the fourth lowest obesity rate in the country.