South Dakota is a Great Place to Extend One’s Life Expectancy
If you want to live longer, a move to South Dakota will do you good.
A study commissioned by the American Economic Association found that a move to a vast majority of counties in the Mount Rushmore State would add anywhere from 0.01 to 1.25 years onto a person's life expectancy in those ages 65 and older.
They factored in things like pollution, quality of health care, lower crime rates, and higher socioeconomic status to determine the rankings.
Overall, 55 of South Dakota's 66 counties would add some time to the life expectancy of an older person moving there:
+0.26 to +1.25 years
- Fall River
+0.01 to +0.26 years
- Bon Homme
- Charles Mix
- Oglala Lakota
Another eleven counties would see life expectancies stay about the same:
-0.15 to -0.02 years
Only one county fell into the category that would see a person's life expectancy drop after a move there:
-0.08 to - 0.33 years
Overall in the nation, cities along either coast were among the places that saw the biggest jumps in life expectancy.