Top 10 U.S. States with the Lowest Life Expectancy

Can you name the ten states with the lowest life expectancy?
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: April 1, 2020
First submittedAugust 20, 2017
Times taken17,497
Average score70.0%
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Years
State
74.8
West Virginia
74.9
Mississippi
75.4
Alabama
75.4
Kentucky
75.9
Arkansas
Years
State
76.0
Oklahoma
76.0
Tennessee
76.1
Louisiana
76.9
Ohio
77.0
South Carolina | Indiana
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Level 65
Nov 26, 2018
I took the quiz with highest life expectancy and I overlooked Oklahoma, which I guessed for the other quiz. 9/10
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Level 68
Apr 1, 2020
Updated with latest figures, there's now a tie for 10th place, meaning this is technically "Top 11" not "Top 10", but don't complain :)
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Level 43
Jun 27, 2020
I mean it WAS april fools sooooo
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Level 85
Apr 1, 2020
A red state clean sweep!
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Level 75
Apr 2, 2020
go figure . . .
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Level 43
Apr 3, 2020
I'm shocked, shocked! Well...not that shocked.
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Level 83
May 1, 2020
Ohio is a swing state
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Level 79
Jul 10, 2020
We're not really a swing state anymore. The GOP has been in firm control of the state for awhile.
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Level 83
Jul 10, 2020
The last three polls for the 2020 election in Ohio are Trump +3, Biden +2, and Biden +1 ... and in the last 8 presidential elections Ohio has gone red, blue, blue, red, red, blue, blue, red... seems pretty swingy
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Level 78
May 1, 2020
I wish my beliefs were so simple that I felt an online quiz validated them.
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Level 83
Jul 10, 2020
or even simpler so that someone's comment on an online quiz validated them?
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Level 69
Jul 10, 2020
So much winning.
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Level 41
Apr 24, 2021
remember: poverty, voter suppression, and systemic oppression some large causes for the problems of the south... simply blaming the problems of these states on their voting patterns is reductive and does not get at the root of the problem! Love, an Arkansan communist
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Level 71
Apr 12, 2020
Those 'Grits' will do it every time.
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Level 58
May 1, 2020
I'm sensing a pattern here...
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Level 37
May 1, 2020
Those life expectancies still aren’t that bad. Over 70 years old is pretty good.
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Level 70
May 2, 2021
Debatable. West Virginia's and Mississippi's life expectancies are in the same ballpark as Bangladesh and Nicaragua. Those numbers are impressive for developing countries but pretty embarrassing for a developed country like America (which itself lags behind Colombia and Peru on the national level). Also, a lot of times the thing that drags life expectancy down most is infant mortality. I don't know if that's the case in these states, but if it is that's a cause for alarm.
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Level 54
Jun 7, 2021
I would say anything below 80 is bad, at least for European standards
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Level 62
May 3, 2020
Most of these states consistently vote for a certain party...
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Level 48
Jun 26, 2020
Maybe a bit more time.
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Level 79
Jul 10, 2020
Hmmm.........must be the humidity down South.
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Level 69
Jul 10, 2020
Or the fact that they fry everything, and drink sweet tea that is basically syrup... (It's delicious, but not exactly a healthy diet.)
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Level 46
Jul 10, 2020
'Gators
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Level 57
Jul 10, 2020
Before any one lumps the Republicans all together, consider that that southern states never fully recovered from the Civil War and are still fairly poor. Only Ohio surprised me here.
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Level 60
Jul 10, 2020
They're the South of the North.
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Level 65
Jul 10, 2020
Country roads...
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Level 55
Jul 10, 2020
The Southern diet is something else lol
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Level 61
Jul 11, 2020
Take me home, country roads!
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Level 57
Feb 18, 2021
SC for South Carolina?
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Level 18
Apr 20, 2021
Hm there seems to a pattern here.
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Level 50
Jun 25, 2021
I'm starting to see why west virginia is the only state to have lowered in population since 1960
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Level 48
Sep 22, 2021
all republican states as expected
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Level 20
May 30, 2022
the states with the highest crime rates are mostly found in democratic states. And... we can do this back and forth. There're some not great things about both.
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Level 64
Dec 24, 2021
My mother has family in the south, my brother married a southerner, and my sister moved there for the weather. I've been down there dozens of times (and in multiple states), and in my experience, I would say their diet has a lot to do with this. They also don't abide by a lot of traffic laws, or seem to have much concern for routine dental/medical visits. I see a lot of obesity and smoking. The overall mindset seemed to be that no authority (gov't, science, health professionals, etc.) is going to tell them how to live--or in this quiz's case--how to die.