When it comes to our life expectancy, most of us will do what it takes to hedge our bet.

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We exercise, watch what we eat, quit smoking, try to avoid dangerous and daredevil activities, but have you ever considered that you might need to move to another state to live longer?

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In a new research piece from nicerx.com, we are reminded that a number of variables come in to play regarding overall life expectancy including diet and exercise, health and genetics and a little dose of luck, but apparently some states are just prone to living longer and when it comes to the states with the shortest life expectancies, there are only two that are worse than Louisiana.

With Louisiana's average life expectancy of only 73.1 years, only West Virginia with 72.8 years and Mississippi with 71.9 years are worse than the what we have in the Bayou State.

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Peter Macdiarmid /Getty Images

So where would you move to possibly increase your odds of living a little longer?  Hawaii would be an excellent choice.  Of all fifty states, Hawaiians live the longest with a life expectancy of 80.7 years.  That's a full 8 years longer than ours, and if you can afford it, the quality of life there isn't too shabby from what I've been told.

Don't think you could afford to live among the islanders? There are still some other great choices. In order, these are the ten states with the highest life expectancy:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Washington
  3. Minnesota
  4. California
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Hampshire
  7. Oregon
  8. Vermont
  9. Utah
  10. Connecticut

Looking at that list, the thought might occur to you like it did for me, that living a few extra years wouldn't be worth living in Massachusetts or some of these other states.

Besides, they have no idea how to make gumbo or boil crawfish in Vermont or Connecticut.

via Google Maps
via Google Maps

The states with the shortest life expectancy are these:

  1. Mississippi
  2. West Virginia
  3. Louisiana
  4. Alabama
  5. Kentucky
  6. Tennessee
  7. Arkansas
  8. Oklahoma
  9. New Mexico
  10. South Carolina.

Yeah, I'll just die sooner but man what a life we get to live here in Louisiana!

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