Say Aloha to Long Life

Residents of Hawaii have the longest life expectancy of any state, and D.C. denizens the shortest, according to a new Harvard study

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Life expectancy in the U.S. varies widely, based not on how much you earn or how good your health insurance is, but on where you live. A new study by Harvard University researchers found a gap of 33 years between the longest-lived group of Americans—Asian American women in Bergen County, N.J., with an average life expectancy of 91 years—and the shortest, Native Americans in a cluster of rural counties in South Dakota, at 58 years. The only other major industrialized nation with such a large "longevity gap" is Brazil.

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