Hey, Happy Birthday! However, if you wanna live forever, you better move. Michiganders aren't living as long as people in other states.

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The average life expectancy in the United States is 79 years, with women generally having a longer life expectancy than men. Men tend to involve themselves in riskier activities, plus on average, men are in more vehicular accidents.

Michiganders average life expectancy is 78. We have 1.8 million seniors in our state. That's about 17% of the states population.

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Michigan tied with North Carolina on Stacker's recent list of states where people live the longest. West Virginians had the shortest life expectancy in America and Hawaiians live the longest. Hawaiians life span averages 82.3 years.

Using data from  2020 County Health Rankings, Stacker ranked every state’s average life expectancy from lowest to highest. The 2020 County Health Rankings values were calculated using mortality counts from the 2016-2018 National Center for Health Statistics.

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Michigan ranked number 37 on Stackers list. This is in the lower half of states that will carry you to your golden years. There is good news for die-hard Wolverines...we'll outlive Buckeyes and Hoosiers. They landed at 43 and 41.

Last year, Governor Whitmer proclaimed August 21 as Older Michigander Day. In partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the governor used the day to celebrate the state's adults aged 60 years and older.

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If you're serious about living longer, you might need to move out of the country all together. According to the World Economic Forum, the countries with the longest living people are:

  • Japan
  • Italy
  • France
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • Greece
  • Sweden

 

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