There’s more to life than, well, living it. While “longevity” usually means the same thing as “life span,” neither of those terms truly captures living life to its fullest.

So as part of our Metrogradesseries, we established a set of criteria to measure just that.

To tackle this complex analysis, our experienced team of talented researchers defined a few key metrics. We included life expectancy (obviously), but also well-being scores, a population's access to healthy foods, and the percentage of residents with Alzheimer’s/dementia or depression.

Then, to determine our rankings, we weighted the data from city- and state-level Gallup polling, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and county health assessments from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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