A new study shows California is the No. 2 state in America in terms of longevity, with a life expectancy 80.9 years old.
U.S. life expectancy declined nationally for the third consecutive year in 2018. However, the causes differ greatly by state.
SeniorLiving.org recently released a study on Life Expectancy In Every U.S. State following analysis of reports from the Centers for Disease Control and the Journal of the American Medical Association released in 2018.
In addition to cancer and heart disease – the two biggest causes of death in America – increases in suicide, drug overdoses and liver disease connected to alcoholism have skyrocketed.
Following are key findings in California and nationally:
Heart Disease: California ranks No. 40 with 142.9 deaths per 100,000 people. Oklahoma had the most heart related deaths with 237.2 per 100,000. Minnesota had the fewest with 119.1 per 100,000.
Cancer: California ranks No. 45 with 136.7 deaths per 100,000 people. Kentucky had the most cancer deaths with 185.7 per 100,000. Utah had the fewest with 120.3 per 100,000.
Suicide: California ranks No. 45 with 10.5 suicides per 100,000 people. Montana had the most suicides with 28.9 per 100,000. New York had the fewest with 8.1 per 100,000.
Drug Overdoses: California ranks No. 47 with 10.5 drug overdoses per 100,000 people. West Virginia had the most drug overdoses with 57.8 per 100,000 people. Nebraska had the fewest with 8.1 per 100,000.
Liver Disease: California ranks No. 44 with 11.7 liver related deaths per 100,000. New Mexico had the most liver related deaths with 26.8 per 100,000 people. Maryland had the fewest with 6.6 per 100,000.