If you were told your life expectancy dropped by a few years, would you be concerned?  A report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Illinoisans aren't expected to live as long as they previously projected.

Even though every single state in America saw a pretty sad decline, at least we are not New York.  They saw a whopping 3-year decrease from 2019 (80.7 years old) to 2020 (77.7 years old).

Just behind New York comes District of Columbia with the average resident expected to live to 75.3, Louisiana to 73.1, New Jersey to 77.5, and Arizona to 76.3.

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What's causing these life expectancy rates to decrease in America?

If you're thinking it's from our eating habits, air quality, or how often we exercise, those all definitely play important factors in our overall health.

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According to KXAN,

"the COVID-19 pandemic accounts for much of the increase in deaths seen across the nation. In 2020, there were at least 400,000 confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in the U.S. Overall, there have been over 1 million deaths in the U.S. from COVID-19-related issues."

Even though Heart Disease is the #1 leading cause of death in Illinois, Covid comes in at #2 as of this year.  Surprised?

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Illinoisans Have Short Life Expectancy - Here's Where We Ranked

Illinois ranked #8 in the top 10 states with the greatest decrease in life expectancy from birth - 2.2 years were deducted off our lives.  Overall as a state, we were projected to see 79 years old, but as of 2020 it has declined to 76.8 years old.

Illinois women are actually projected to outlive men by 6 years.  Women could live to see 79.8, and men? 73.8.

If you're looking for a reason NOT to move to Illinois, this could persuade your decision.  Hawaii doesn't sound so bad, though.  They're the leading state with a life expectancy at 80.7! Wild stuff.

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