New Study: South Carolina No. 9 Worst Outlook for Life Expectancy in the Years to Come
A new study says South Carolina has the No. 9 worst outlook for life expectancy in the years to come. The rankings came from Life Extension, a health and wellness website, and used federal data from the Centers for Disease Control, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Census Bureau.
Data on life expectancy at birth was compared with several healthy lifestyle metrics – spanning diet, fitness, stress, sleep, outdoor recreation, and social connection – to forecast how life expectancy is expected to trend in all 50 states and D.C. in the years to come.
South Carolina is the No. 9 worst state based on having the No. 43 best actual life expectancy at birth – 74.8 years – and the No. 43 healthiest lifestyle.
A few key lifestyle metrics show:
- 76.1% of residents exercise
- 68.5% eat healthy
- 30.2% have anxiety
- 2.6% of GDP is spent on outdoor recreation
- 36.9% get insufficient sleep.
The 10 states with the best outlook for life expectancy include: Hawaii, Minnesota, Vermont, Washington, New Hampshire, Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, California, and Oregon.
Overall, eight financial metrics were analyzed in all 50 states and D.C., including retirement income, tax rates, cost of living, healthcare costs, and senior poverty rates. One key finding in South Carolina was that the average retirement income is $29,637, the average annual Medicare spend is $11,884, and 78.6% of seniors spend less than 30% of their income on housing
You can see the rankings here.
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