This past week, the United States Census Bureau has released some data which may well be of interest to people with a goal of living well-beyond the nation’s life expectancy – as a matter of fact, living up to and beyond 100 years of age.
According to the federal census’ bureau, the number of one-hundred-year old-plus people in America has risen greatly in the past three decades. In fact, the number of “centenarians”, as they are called, his increased an incredible 65.8 percent in the past thirty years. There were 32,194 such persons in 1980 while there were reportedly 53,364 such persons in 2010. Comparatively, the total population has only grown 36.3 percent in the same time period in the United States.
The U.S. Census Bureau has dug into data that might tell us something about those who live long lives. Quite notably, persons with great age are mostly found living in cities. Experts on the subject, yet not necessarily connected to the governmental report, say that this makes sense because a city has more mental stimulation for a person than those living out of the cities, and – of course – the doctors, hospitals, and other medical facilities that people need are found most often in cities.
Next of note is that, proportionally, most centenarians live in the Northeast and Midwest portion of the country. Again, not related to the governmental report, but it has been found that people with more education tend to live longer in general, and persons in the Northeaster portion of the United States are overall more educated than other areas of the country.
The states with the greatest percent of “centenarians” among their population are:
- North Dakota which only had 221 centenarians is a sparsely populated state and famously is the only state in the United States that has more than three centenarians for every 10,000 people.
- South Dakota, neighboring North Dakota, had 240 centenarians in its sparsely populated state in 2010, making its percentage approximately .03 as well.
- Iowa boasts a .028 percent of residents having had reached one-hundred years of age with its 846 one-hundred-year-olds in 2010.
- Nebraska comes in next with 501 one-hundred-year-olds for a .027 percent status.
- Connecticut is next with a .026 percent with its 930 centenarians.
- New York, with its huge population scored a .024 percent with its 4,605 one-hundred-year-old people.
- Rhode Island came in with a .024 percent at the age of 100 though there were only 247 of them due to the state’s small size and population.
- Massachusetts ranks next with a .023 percent living to or beyond 100 with 1,520 people in the state at that age.
- Minnesota is the next state with a .023 percent of one-hundred-year-olds with 1,211 of its people in that age bracket in 2010.
- Hawaii came in next with 306 of its approximately 1.4 million people living to at least one-hundred years of age.
If you really want to live where people live long, however, you have to move to Japan. Besting our best state’s data, there are 3.43 centenarians per 10,000 people or .0343 percent of one-hundred-year-old people in that country.