Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States of America, having received statehood on August 21, 1959. Hawaii is the only U.S. state located in Oceania and the only one composed entirely of islands.
Health Trends In Hawaii. Higher Life Expectancy: Overall, life expectancy at birth in Hawai’i is among the longest in the nation. In 2000, the most recent year for which state estimates are available, people born in Hawai’i had a life expectancy of 80 years, three years longer than the U.S. average.
According to data from Measure of America’s Human Development study, citizens of different states have very differing average life expectancies, ranging from 75 to over 81 years. Hawaii has remained the state with the longest life span for quite some time. With an expectancy of 81.3 years, Hawaii exceeds the national age of 79 by 2.3 years.
Mississippi was ranked the state with the shortest life span out of all US territories. Their life expectancy at birth, 75 years, is four years below the country average.