UTopiAH. This is Part of a series for comparing census based life expectancy and death rate tables, ranking states by how long we live, from 1960 to 2015. Included are  medical  conditions rating  Utah’s  #1 health rankings.  After 2012, state rankings are now correlated to voting in the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, with Blue states on top, and Red states assigned to  the bottom. Utopia is Sir Thomas More’s (1516) perfect place to live, and with a slight variation in spelling, perfectly describes Utah.

Part 15 Expanded. 24/7WallStreet & MSN rank state  life expectancy – Blue states good, Red states bad.

Published August 13, 2018, Updated April 20, 2020.

https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/02/20/states-with-the-longest-and-shortest-life-expectancy-2/  [as of April 20, 2020]

Due to improvements in medicine, sanitation, and other public health advances, life expectancy in most of the developed world has increased nearly every year over the past century. Despite this trend, life expectancy in fallen in the U.S. for the second year in a row.

While Americans enjoyed the highest life expectancy of any OECD nation in the 1960s, the U.S. health advantage began to wane in the 1980s and eventually fell below the OECD average in 1998. The U.S. average life expectancy at birth today is 78.7 years, 1.5 years lower than the OECD average.

Relative to other affluent nations, Americans report worse birth outcomes, more injuries and homicides, higher teenage pregnancy rates, and higher incidences of HIV/AIDS, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

Life expectancy also varies heavily across the United States. While life expectancy in some states is greater than the OECD average, in others it is on par with developing countries like Malaysia, Uruguay, and Iran. Differences in life  expectancy throughout the United States largely parallel differences in socioeconomic conditions, like income and education, and risk factors like smoking, inactivity, and obesity.

To determine the states with the longest and shortest life expectancy, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 2014 life expectancy at birth figures provided by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, a global research center affiliated with the University of Washington.

Editor – Rankings are provided as listed by 24/7wallSt.com. Additional comment include comparison with 2004 ranking, 2016 election, and Marijuana status.

Blue States – Democrat 2016 election, 50-40

Hawaii USA

50. Hawaii   (B) (Marijuana  legal 2000)>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 81.2 yrs.> Obesity rate: 22.3% (2nd lowest)> Smoking rate: 14.1% (8th lowest)> Median household income: $74,511 (5th highest)2004  state life expectancy ranking – UNRANKED – Alaska and Hawaii are excluded from the [2004] rankings since life expectancy was not calculated in 1970 for these two states. Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, 1975. Some Trends and Comparisons of United States Life- Table Data: 1900-1971. National Center for Health Statistics, 1985-86. State Life Tables, Alabama-Wyoming, U.S. Decennial Life Tables for 1979-81. National Center for Health Statistics, 1998. U.S. Decennial Life Tables for 1989-91, State Life Tables. Source: U.S. Census Bureau  Internet Release date: September 26, 2003 

Minnesota

49. Minnesota  (B) (Marijuana  legal 2014>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.9 yrs.> Obesity rate: 27.0% (16th lowest)> Smoking rate: 16.2% (19th lowest)> Median household income: $65,599 (13th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 49th;   2017 change from 2004 – NO Change

California

48. California   (B) (Marijuana  legal 1993 2006) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.8 yrs. > Obesity rate: 22.7% (3rd lowest) > Smoking rate: 11.7% (2nd lowest) > Median household income: $67,739 (9th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 18th 2017 change up 30 places

Connecticut

47. Connecticut (B)   (Marijuana  legal 2012)>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.6 yrs. > Obesity rate: 25.1% (9th lowest) > Smoking rate: 13.5% (3rd lowest) > Median household income: $73,433 (6th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 45th , 2017 change up 2 places 

46. Massachusetts  (B)

Massachusetts

(B) (Marijuana  legal 2012, 2013) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 yrs. > Obesity rate: 24.1% (5th lowest) > Smoking rate: 14.0% (6th lowest) > Median household income: $75,297 (4th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 36th, 2017 change up 10 places

New York

45. New York   (B) (Marijuana  legal 2014) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.4 yrs. > Obesity rate: 24.6% (7th lowest)> Smoking rate: 15.2% (13th lowest) > Median household income: $62,909 (14th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 14th from bottom, so 2017 improvement was up 32 places.

Vermont

44. Vermont    (B) (Marijuana  legal 2004) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 yrs. > Obesity rate: 24.2% (6th lowest) > Smoking rate: 16.0% (18th lowest) > Median household income: $57,677 (20th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 30th, 2017 change up 14 places

Colorado

43. Colorado    (B) (Marijuana  legal 2000) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 yrs. > Obesity rate: 20.2% (the lowest) > Smoking rate: 15.6% (15th lowest)> Median household income: $65,685 (12th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking -40th 2017 change up 3 places

New Hampshire

42. New Hampshire    (B) (Marijuana  legal 2013) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.2 yrs. > Obesity rate: 27.9% (22nd lowest) > Smoking rate: 15.9% (17th lowest)> Median household income: $70,936 (7th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 35th, 2017 change up 7 places

New Jersey

41. New Jersey   (B) (Marijuana  legal 2009)>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 yrs. > Obesity rate: 25.6% (11th lowest) > Smoking rate: 13.5% (4th lowest) > Median household income: $76,126 (3rd highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 34th, 2017 change up 7 places

Washington

40. Washington    (B) (Marijuana  legal 1998, 2010) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 yrs.  > Obesity rate: 27.2% (18th lowest) > Smoking rate: 15.0% (9th lowest) > Median household income: $67,106 (10th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 42nd,   2017 change down 2 places,

Red States –

Republican

2016

election, 39-37

39. North Dakota  

North Dakota

(R) (Marijuana  legal 2016) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 80.0 yrs. > Obesity rate: 31.1% (14th highest) > Smoking rate: 18.7% (20th highest) > Median household income: $60,656 (17th highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 47th, 2017 change down 8 places.

38. Utah 

Utah Center of Scenic America Arches National Park

(R) (Marijuana, legal 2018) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.9 yrs. > Obesity rate: 25.4% (10th lowest). > Smoking rate: 9.1% (the lowest), > Median household income: $65,977 (11th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 1st, 2017 change down  12 places

37. Wisconsin

Wisconsin

(R) (No Marijuana) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 yrs. > Obesity rate: 30.4% (17th highest)
> Smoking rate: 17.3% (23rd lowest) > Median household income: $56,811 (24th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 44th, 2017 change,  2017 change down   7 places

Blue State –

Democrat

2016

election – 36

36. RHODE ISLAND  

Rhode Island
(B) (Marijuana  legal 2007) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.8 yrs. > Obesity rate: 27.1% (17th lowest) > Smoking rate: 15.5% (14th lowest)
> Median household income: $60,596 (18th highest)  2004  state life expectancy ranking 33rd,  2017 change up  3 places

Red States –

Republican

2016

election,

35-30

35. Iowa

Iowa

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.7 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 31.3% (13th highest) > Smoking rate: 18.1% (22nd highest)
> Median household income: $56,247 (25th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 43rd,  2017 change down  8 places

34. Arizona

Arizona

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 26.1% (13th lowest) > Smoking rate: 14.0% (7th lowest) > Median household income: $53,558 (20th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 26th, 2017 change down  8 places

33. Nebraska

Nebraska

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 29.8% (18th highest) > Smoking rate: 17.1% (21st lowest) > Median household income: $56,927 (22nd highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 39th,  2017 change down  6 places

32. South Dakota

South Dakota

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.6 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 29.8% (19th highest) > Smoking rate: 20.1% (13th highest)
> Median household income: $54,467 (22nd lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 46th,  2017 change down  14 places

31. Idaho

Idaho

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.5 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 28.0% (23rd lowest) > Smoking rate: 13.8% (5th lowest) > Median household income: $51,807 (15th lowest, 2004  state life expectancy ranking 41st, 2017 change down  10 places

30. Florida

Florida

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.5 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 25.7% (12th lowest) > Smoking rate: 15.8% (16th lowest) > Median household income: $50,860 (13th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 28th, 2017 change down  2 places

Blue States –

Democrat  

2016

election,

29-25

Oregon

29. Oregon (B) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.4 yrs. > Obesity rate: 26.4% (14th lowest) > Smoking rate: 17.1% (22nd lowest) > Median household income: $57,532 (21st highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 32nd ,  2017 change up  3 places

Maine

28. Maine  (B) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.3 yrs. > Obesity rate: 28.2% (25th lowest) > Smoking rate: 19.5% (15th highest) > Median household income: $53,079 (19th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 19th, 2017 change up  9 places

Virginia

27. Virginia  (B) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.2 yrs. > Obesity rate: 27.2% (19th lowest) > Smoking rate: 16.5% (20th lowest) > Median household income: $68,114 (8th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking – 25th, 2017 change up  2 places

Maryland

26. Maryland  (B) >Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.2 yrs. > Obesity rate: 28.9% (24th highest) > Smoking rate: 15.1% (10th lowest) > Median household income: $78,945 (the highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking – 29,  2017 change down  3 places

Illinois

25. Illinois (B)
>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 79.0 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 27.3% (20th lowest) > Smoking rate: 15.1% (11th lowest) > Median household income: $60,960 (16th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 23rd,  2017 change up  2 places

Red States –

Republican

2016

election,

24-22

24. Montana (R)

Montana

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.9 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 25.0% (8th lowest)> Smoking rate: 18.9% (19th highest)> Median household income: $50,027 (11th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 37th,  2017 change down  13 places

23. Pennsylvania (R)

Pennsylvania

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.8 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 29.3% (23rd highest) > Smoking rate: 18.1% (21st highest) > Median household income: $56,907 (23rd highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 22nd,   2017 change up  1 place

22. Kansas (R)

Kansas

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 30.8% (16th highest) > Smoking rate: 17.7% (24th highest) > Median household income: $54,935 (23rd lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 38th,  2017 change down  16 places

Blue State –

Democrat

2016

election, 21

21. Delaware (B)

Delaware

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.7 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 29.4% (22nd highest) > Smoking rate: 17.4% (24th lowest)> Median household income: $61,757 (15th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking   21st, no change-

Red State – Republican

2016

election,

20-18

20. Wyoming (R)

Wyoming

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.6 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 27.7% (21st lowest) > Smoking rate: 19.1% (17th highest) > Median household income: $59,882 (19th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 31st, 2017 change down  11 places

19. Texas (R)

Texas

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.5 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 28.0% (24th lowest) > Smoking rate: 15.2% (12th lowest) > Median household income: $56,565 (25th highest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 14th,   2017 change up  5 places

18. Alaska (R)

Alaska

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.4 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 28.7% (25th highest); > Smoking rate: 19.1% (16th highest)> Median household income: $76,440 (2nd highest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking –  UNRANKED. Alaska and Hawaii are excluded from the 2004 rankings since life expectancy was not calculated in 1970 for these two states. Sources: National Center for Health Statistics, 1975. Some Trends and Comparisons of United States Life- Table Data: 1900-1971. National Center for Health Statistics, 1985-86. State Life Tables, Alabama-Wyoming, U.S. Decennial Life Tables for 1979-81. National Center for Health Statistics, 1998. U.S. Decennial Life Tables for 1989-91, State Life Tables. Source: U.S. Census Bureau  Internet Release date: September 26, 2003 

Blue State –

Democrat

2016

election, 17

17. New Mexico (B)

New Mexico

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.4 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 24.0% (4th lowest) > Smoking rate: 17.5% (25th lowest) > Median household income: $46,748 (7th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking  19th, 2017 change down  2 places

Red State –

Republican

2016

election, 16

16. Michigan (R)

Michigan


>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.3 yrs
> Obesity rate: 31.4% (11th highest) > Smoking rate: 20.7% (11th highest) > Median household income: $52,492 (18th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 27th,  2017 change down  11 places

Blue State –

Democrat

2016

election, 15

15. Nevada

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 78.1 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 26.8% (15th lowest) > Smoking rate: 17.5% (25th highest)
> Median household income: $55,180 (24th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 6th,  2017 change up  9 places

Red State –

Republican

2016

election,

14 – 1

14. Ohio (R)

Ohio


>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 77.9 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 31.4% (12th highest) > Smoking rate: 21.6% (9th highest) > Median household income: $52,334 (17th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 20th,  2017 change down  6 places

13. North Carolina (R)

North Carolina

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 77.9 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 29.7% (20th highest) > Smoking rate: 19.0% (18th highest) > Median household income: $50,584 (12th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 15th,  2017 change down  2 places

12. Missouri (R)

Missouri

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 77.7 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 30.8% (15th highest) > Smoking rate: 22.3% (5th highest) > Median household income: $51,746 (14th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 16th, 2017 change down  4 places

11. Indiana (R)

Indiana

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 77.7 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 31.7% (10th highest) > Smoking rate: 20.6% (12th highest) > Median household income: $52,314 (16th lowest) 2004  state life expectancy ranking 17th,  2017 change down  6 places

10. Georgia(R)

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 77.4 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 29.6% (21st highest) > Smoking rate: 17.7% (23rd highest) > Median household income: $53,559 (21st lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 9th,  2017 change up  1 place

9. South Carolina (R)

South Carolina

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 76.9 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 31.8% (9th highest) > Smoking rate: 19.7% (14th highest) > Median household income: $49,501 (10th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 11th,  2017 change down  2 places

8. Tennessee (R)

Tennessee

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 76.3 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 31.8% (8th highest) > Smoking rate: 21.9% (7th highest) > Median household income: $48,547 (8th lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 8th, no change.

7. Kentucky (R)

Kentucky

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 76.3 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 32.9% (6th highest) > Smoking rate: 25.9% (the highest) > Median household income: $46,659 (6th  lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 7th, no change.

6. Arkansas (R)


>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 76.2 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 34.4% (4th highest) > Smoking rate: 24.9% (3rd highest); > Median household income: $44,334 (3rd  lowest); 2004  state life expectancy ranking   10th,  2017 change down  4 places

5. Oklahoma (R)

Oklahoma

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 76.1 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 32.7% (7th highest) > Smoking rate: 22.2% (6th highest) > Median household income: $49,176 (9th  lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 6th,  2017 change down  1 place

4. West Virginia (R)

West Virginia

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 76.0 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 34.6% (2nd highest) > Smoking rate: 25.7% (2nd highest) > Median household income: $43,385 (2nd  lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 2nd,   2017 change up  2 places.

3. Louisiana (R)

Louisiana

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 75.8 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 34.5% (3rd highest) > Smoking rate: 21.9% (8th highest) > Median household income: $45,146 (4th   lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 5th,  2017 change down  2 places

2. Alabama (R)

Alabama

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 75.7 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 34.0% (5th highest) > Smoking rate: 21.4% (10th highest) > Median household income: $46,257 (5th   lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 4th,  2017 change down  2 places

1. Mississippi (R)

Mississippi

>Age-Adjusted Life expectancy at birth: 74.9 yrs.
> Obesity rate: 35.2% (the highest > Smoking rate: 22.5% (4th highest) > Median household income: $41,754 (the lowest), 2004  state life expectancy ranking 2nd,  2017 change down  1 place.

https://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0049/tab03.pdf

Table 3. Rankings of State Life Expectancy at Birth for White Males: 1960 to 1990. 1990 ranks reported in 2004.

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US COUNTY PERFORMANCE 

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington analyzed the performance of all 3,142 US counties or county-equivalents in terms of life expectancy at birth, mortality rates for select causes, alcohol use, smoking prevalence, obesity prevalence, and recommended physical activity using novel small area estimation techniques and the most up-to-date county-level information. 

Explore more results using the interactive US Health Map data visualization (http://vizhub.healthdata.org/subnational/usa). 

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Definitions

Cause-of-death: Based on medical information—including injury diagnoses and external causes of injury—that is entered on death certificates filed in the United States. This information is classified and coded in accordance with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision  (ICD-10) (2).

Death rates: For 2015, based on population estimates for July 1, 2015, that are consistent with the April 1, 2010, census. These population estimates (as well as population figures for the 2010 census) are available on the National Center for Health Statistics’ (NCHS) website (3). Age-adjusted death rates are useful when comparing different populations because they remove the potential bias that can occur when the populations being compared have different age structures. NCHS uses the direct method of standardization; see Technical Notes of “Deaths: Final Data for 2014” (1) for more discussion.

Life expectancy: The expected average number of years of life remaining at a given age. It is denoted by ex , which means the average number of subsequent years of life for someone now aged x. Life expectancy estimates for 2015 are based on a methodology first implemented with 2008 final mortality data (4). Life expectancies for 2014 were revised using updated Medicare data; therefore, figures may differ from those previously published (5).

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The data shown in this report reflect information collected by NCHS for 2014 and 2015 from death certificates filed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and compiled into national data known as the National Vital Statistics System. Death rates shown in this report are calculated based on postcensal population estimates as of July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, which are consistent with the April 1, 2010, census. Differences between death rates were evaluated using a two-tailed z  test.

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            The above NVSS explains that the longevity was changed in 2008, to favor Blue state over Red states.

Utah has a  number one track record among  all states for health. Specifically, from 1960 to 1990, Utah’s rank for life expectancy climbed from 6th to 1st ,  the best,  citing the US Census, as of 2006.

Psalm 144:15

Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.

For  fifty years, life expectancy,  was based on the census  taken every ten years. States were rank ordered based on the  longevity of their residents’  lives.  Longevity has been the basis for 1)commercial uses,  2)health programs,  3)governmental budgets,  and 4) forward planning.  1)Commercial uses include a) annuity tables for retirement investments – how long the annuity will be needed to provide a life time income? and hence its cost;  b)  life insurance tables for payment of  death benefits and when death benefits will be due, and hence the premium for the insurance; c) population growth,  long term care.  2) Health programs use include age related maladies and hospitalization. 3) Governmental budgets include Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act so called Obamacare, development, public health, education, transportation, and national security.  4) Forward planning includes water resources,  urban planning, social services,  and family growth,.   Progress or decline in life expectancy, takes decades.    For instance  noting that Utah’s life expectancy ranked  6th in 1960,  Utah climbed to 2nd in 1970,  back to  3rd in 1980,  and topped out to 1st by 1990.  It is even harder to move among ranks the larger the population in the State. California’s population is ten times Utah’s.  California’s life expectancy ranked  19th  in 1960 census, climbed to 14th  in 1970, 18th in 1980, and dropped back to 32nd in 1990 (calculated in 2004).  Sifting through hundreds of millions of records took 14 years from 1990 to 2004.

https://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0049/twps0049.html#c

Furthermore, as of 2006 for the 1990 census California’s life expectancy was ranked 32nd of 51  (states and the District), Massachusetts 14th,  Hawaii was unranked for lack of data.

So imagine my curiosity when the MSN.COM  gave prominent display to a claim by a University of Washington research group that Hawaii has the longest life expectancy and that Utah had dropped out of the top quintile, plunged to 13th , citing the year 2014.   California had climbed from 32nd  to 3rd   in 24 years, from 1990 to 2014,  quite an accomplishment for California.  

Does state ranking of life expectancy have significant political implications?  They must think so.  It also happens, that the 11 healthiest states, as reported by MSN.com, and as of 2014, just so happened to have all voted Blue in the 2016 election (over half of the 20 BLUE states that did so vote Blue).  The state ranking death rate list was compiled in 2017 and 2018, after the election results were in.   These 11 Blue states all have legalized marijuana  (29 states listed, 21 have not legalized).   The first Red state, as to longest life expectancy, after the 2016 election, was North Dakota at 12th  longest life expectancy, followed in 13th place by Utah.  This supposed ranking of life expectancy longevity has been picked up by Wikipedia, 24/7 Wall St. 

 Statistically, the 2/5ths states  (20 of 50) voting Blue in 2016 should have been randomly spread  thru the life expectancy table as follows –  4 states in the top quintile (top 10), and 4 in each of the rest of the quintiles, (to wit,  4 states in the ranks 1 to 10, 4 in the ranks  from 11 to 20,  4 from 21 to 30, 4 from 31 to 40, and 4 from 41 to 50).  Likewise, if random placement applied the Red states, (30 of 50) the Red states would have had 6 Red states in each quintile.  Election results, red and blue, in past census longevity results are in other Parts in this series.  It would sort of be like putting 20 Blue marbles in a jar with 30 Red marbles, then pulling them out one by one, your first 11 marbles should be 4 Blue, and 7 Red.   As you take out more Blue marbles, the ratio of remaining Red marbles increases, so if you have pulled 10 Blue marbles out, the chance of pulling a blue marble out with 10 blue marbles and 30 Red marbles remaining, is about one in four (10 of 40). Or, imagine  a lottery  ticket where  the first eleven numbers have to be  from the pool of 50, selected at random. Or roulette with 30 red and 20 blue (instead of black) slots?  I think roulette has only 36 slots, not 50, but the concept is the same. What are the chances of covering Blue 11 times in a row, but filling up each Blue slot as it is taken, so it cannot be used again?  Or put another way, I think the odds of the top eleven States in longevity being all  blue are less than one in six hundred and fifty thousand (650,000). This is far beyond coincidence.   The first and last quintile state rankings must be specifically correlated to the Election 2016 results.

            Other groups that keep statistics are the US Census, Center for Disease Control,  US Health Foundation, Kaiser,  and WHO.

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