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Though plastic surgery, exercise, staying out of the sun and eating certain foods, can help us fend off the appearance of aging for as long as possible, eventually it will come for us. Unless we find some kind of Benjamin Button type machine or make a deal with a witch like Jane Fonda clearly did, we are out of luck. However, there are certain places in this country where people appear to be living longer than others.
Realtor.com released a study of life expectancies in the U.S. and the Top 10 places where people live the longest. For context, the median lifespan in the U.S. is nearly 79 years old, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 10 U.S. counties where people tend to live the longest
- Summit County, Colorado: 86.8 years
- Billings County, North Dakota: 84 years
- Marin County, California: 83.8 years
- Fairfax County, Virginia: 83.7 years
- Aleutians East Borough, Alaska: 83.7 years
- Presidio County, Texas: 83.7 years
- San Juan County, Washington: 83.7 years
- Los Alamos County, New Mexico: 83.5 years
- Teton County, Wyoming: 83.5 years
- Collier County, Florida: 83.4 years
Know thy neighbor, know thy self
The research team analyzed why these locations were propelling longer lifespans.
“If you want to live a long time, the best thing you can do is move to a place where people are verifiably living the longest,” Dan Buettner, founder of Blue Zones, an initiative that works with communities to help set up wellness policies to increase the lifespan of residents told Realtor.com.
According to Buettner, your lifespan can really depend on what your neighbor is doing. If everyone in your community does healthy, outdoorsy activities on the weekends (like they definitely do in Summit County, Colorado) then you will too. But if they are just going to Burger King and then binge-watching Netflix, so will you.
It isn’t surprising that many of the counties that made the list are in very affluent areas. The median home list price in Marin County is $1,425,400.