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20 Cities Where You’ll Live the Longest

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The general consensus is that if you eat well, exercise often and avoid all the things that will kill you, you’ll live a long and healthy life. It’s not that difficult a concept to get, but it seems that so many people in the United States just don’t get it. Instead, they go looking for places that will help them live longer, surgeries that will make them look younger, and miracle cures that will improve their lives. While you should just take care of yourself, you might still want to know where in the US people live the longest – and we have that information right here.

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Miami – 77 years

You would live a long time in a city so filled with doctors and medical care, right? The people in Miami live a long time because they’re so busy they don’t have time not to. Everyone lives on the water or the golf course, they have boats and golf carts and the desire to spend as much time outside being active and having fun as possible. It’s hard not to live a long time when you have so many things to do that will help keep you young and healthy as often as possible.

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San Francisco – 77 years

The city is so beautiful. You just want to walk everywhere. You want to get a dog, take long walks and head to parks for beautiful days in the sun. You want to get out on the water, head up to the redwoods and you want to hike. There’s so much fresh fish here, too, that you just want to overindulge in healthy food and take good care of yourself. That’s why people here live such a long time.

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Salt Lake City – 78 years

Most people know it as a great winter vacation destination, and other people know it because of the high concentration of people who hold Mormon beliefs. Either way, the people here live a long time. One of the reasons is the excellent medical care, the university systems and the fact that there is so much activity and good health in the area. People here tend to just take care of themselves better. They live a simpler, healthier life and they have more fun doing things that are far healthier and more enjoyable than the people in the rest of the world.

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Rochester – 78 years

If you want to live a long time, head to New York, but not the city. It’s not that the city will kill you, it’s just that the people who live in Rochester tend to live a lot longer than the people who live in the city. It could be the beautiful views, the gorgeous outdoor activity and the fact that there is good health care around here. It could also be that life is a bit more relaxed, less stressful and far healthier. Either way, it’s the place to live in New York if you want to live a life that’s healthy and enjoyable.

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Boise – 78 years

This Idaho city probably sees a lot of older people because there is so much to do outside. The people who live here either work for the major corporations in the area or they live and work outside the city on their farmland. It’s true that people who eat well and fresh and who spend a great deal of time outside are just healthier as a whole in comparison to those who live in other places. Men here year about 77 years and women about 81 years.

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Oakland – 78 years

What’s surprising about Oakland is the fact that this Northern California city has one of the highest crime rates in the country. It’s forever listed as one of the most dangerous cities in not only the state, but the country. So it’s kind of a surprise to see that it’s also one of the cities in which people live the longest. That’s kind of a surprise for people who have so much violence. But that’s probably because, again, the people in California spend a great deal of time being active outdoors.

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Raleigh – 78 years

It’s a bit of a surprise to me not to see more North Carolina cities on this list considering this is the one state in the country in which I feel so relaxed when I visit that I think I could live forever. It’s a very slow, laid back and relaxed way of life around here. The weather is gorgeous, the people are so friendly and there is so much to do. People here are outside all the time. They tend to eat fresh and local, they like to grow their own vegetables and they eat heartily, but in a healthy manner. People here are happy, and happy people live a long time.

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Austin – 78 years

This Texas city is a nice one. It’s pretty awesome how much there is to do here, what a great city it really is and how diverse things are around here. We love the city, and we can see why people here live as long as they do. It’s hard not to live a long life somewhere with such good food, so much healthy activity provided in the great outdoors and such a vibrant social scene for people of all walks of life. It’s a place that has a lot to offer, especially to those who want to live healthy and long.

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Minneapolis – 78 years

When you live in the north, you get to live a little bit longer, apparently. Why? We don’t really know, but it’s one of those things that just happens. There’s a lot of outdoor living that happens here. There’s a lot of places to go hike, play and enjoy being outside. People here have a healthier diet, too, and they just take more care of themselves than the people who live in other places across the country. Again, there’s that whole thing about taking care of yourself if you want to live a long time.

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Plano – 79 years

Another city in the Midwestern area of the country, Plano Texas is pretty healthy as far as older people and their lifespan. Perhaps the hard work and healthy lifestyle that so many people around here live is to blame for their long and healthy lives. Perhaps is the farming and the crops and the time spent outside working on things that help to improve the body that makes it possible for men to live somewhere around 77 years verses 81 years for women.

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Los Angeles – 79 years

Not only do the people here look good as they grow older thanks to all the doctoral help, but they actually do live a long time. People in LA have access to some of the best health care and they live actively. These are people who are outside, working hard and playing hard. They have beaches and they have mountains, they hike and bike and golf and swim and they go to the spa and they see the doctor and they live pretty good lives taking care of themselves with regular exercise, which is actually really good for you.

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San Diego – 79 years

It’s a beach community in California, where it’s always been trendy to be as healthy as possible. Perhaps that’s why people here live so long. It could be all the walking, biking and hiking, the swimming or the surfing so many people spend so much of their time doing that keeps their bodies and their minds healthy. There’s a lot of sunshine here, too, and that’s something that’s been linked to longevity, a less stressed existence and even better overall health.

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Lincoln – 79 years

This Nebraska city has a lifespan of approximately 79 years when the average lifespan of men and women is considered. The city is known for being one that has a long lifespan for several reasons. The people here are relatively active and healthy, and they take good care of themselves. It’s really something to actually care for your body, and it’s impressive what it will do as far as helping you live a long life.

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Seattle – 79 years

Water, mountains and weather that’s not always wonderful, but surroundings that are always green and lush really do make for happy people. Additionally, why wouldn’t you be healthy if you are surrounded by so much coffee on such a regular basis? The people in Seattle are known to live a long time. The men here live around 77.5 years and women live closer to 82 years. It’s a nice age range if you want to die healthy and happy, and the area is exceptionally active.

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Aurora – 79 years

Colorado is known as a whole for being a very healthy state. The people here are exceptionally active and the weather here is exceptionally beautiful, even in the dead of winter. One of the reasons it is thought that the people who live here live such a long time is the fact that they live such an active lifestyle. Outdoor living and activity are big all year and it’s because the weather  here always allows for some sort of physical activity that’s impressively good for the body.

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Madison – 79 years

This Wisconsin community is a place in which people live a long time. The area is one that is pretty, laid-back and very active. People here tend to live a long time because they spend some time outdoors, they’re active and they’re more likely to take care of their bodies and their minds. Do you see a trend here? It’s not where you live, but how you live that makes it possible for you to live a healthy, long, prosperous lifestyle.

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Bridgeport – 79 years

The average life expectancy for men is about 77 years verses 82 for women in this Connecticut city. People here have beautiful views, lovely surroundings and they’re pretty active. The area is known for having a very active lifestyle pretty much year round, even if part of the year that activity includes doing things like shoveling the sidewalks and driveways from all the snow. It’s a good place to live if you want to get into the habit of living a long, healthy life.

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San Jose – 80 years

It might not seem like a lot of years considering so many people live to their late 90s and even longer than that (my awesome grandmother is in her mid-90s and she’s healthier than I), but the people of San Jose live, on average, approximately 80 years. This is longer than any other city in the nation. For men, the life expectancy is just over 79 years and for women it is 82 years. It’s said to be a combination of good weather and a healthy lifestyle that help people here live a long life.

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Honolulu – 80 years

On average, men here live about 78 years and women about 83. Of course, it would only make sense that people here would live that long. When you consider the gorgeous weather, the beautiful views and the fact that people in Hawaii are typically very active and eat a diet that’s rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, you would live a lot longer than other people. It helps that you can’t be unhappy here, too.

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Anaheim – 80 years

This southern California town is known for its long life-expectancy. Men here tend to live around 78 years and women tend to live a little longer than 82 years. It’s a good number for those who are looking to live a long time. It’s a fairly healthy city, and it’s also home to Disneyland. How can you not be happy, active and in good health when you live in the happiest place on earth, and in one of the loveliest counties in all of California?

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Written by Tiffany Raiford