Study: Minnesota is No. 3 in the nation for life expectancy

The results are based on average life expectancies over a 6-year period.
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A person born and raised in Minnesota can expect to live 5.5 years longer on average than someone born in Mississippi.

That's according to 24/7 Wall Street, which ranked each state after analyzing life expectancy data between 2010-2015 from the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

It notes that Minnesota's life expectancy at birth was 80.8 years in 2015, third only behind California (80.9 years) and Hawaii (81.3 years).

By contrast, last-ranked Mississippi had a life expectancy at birth of 75.3 years in 2015.

Minnesota's life expectancy has grown 4.8 years since 1980, when the average life expectancy of 76 was the second highest in the nation.

As 24/7 Wall Street notes, Minnesota has been among the top-3 states for life expectancy since at least the '80s.

"Socioeconomic factors, such as the fourth lowest poverty rate in the country and the lowest share of households living on less than $10,000 a year, may help explain this," 24/7 Wall Street notes. 

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"The state also has the third lowest share of uninsured people, at only 4.4 percent compared to a national share of 8.7 percent."

It probably doesn't hurt that Minnesota or the Twin Cities regularly ranks highly as being one of the most active states/metro areas in the nation.

There's also something to be said for having to live through a Minnesota winter every year, which surely contributes to our resilience and longevity!

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