Boston, MA - Life expectancy in Massachusetts is currently up, with most residents living to approximately 80 years and 7 months. The study was conducted recently, and the results were shared this past Wednesday, December 26, 2018, by the Department of Public Health. The national rate came in at approximately 78 years and 8 months, meaning we are above the national rate by a couple of years.

A similar study is conducted every year, to make sure the U.S. is aware of what the rates look like. From the year 2015 to the year 2016, the Massachusetts life expectancy rate raised by 3 months. This means that there were approximately 850 fewer deaths between those two years in the state of Massachusetts.

According to the “Massachusetts Deaths 2016” report, deaths among the white, Asian, and Hispanic people had declined, while deaths for black residents increased.

Massachusetts is proud to say that their life expectancy rate has risen over the past few years, especially considering they’ve worked hard to get the best health care coverage for their residents. Because of this, and similar reasons, Massachusetts will consistently rank as one of the healthiest states in the United States of America.

According to reports, the two leading causes of death in 2016 were cancer and heart disease/injury deaths. Following those up were overdose, suicide, and fatal falls.

One of the biggest takeaways from these yearly reports is that Massachusetts continues to see a decline in deaths related to cancer and heart disease. One of the most common reasons as to why these types of deaths are not happening more and more is because Massachusetts has a great health care coverage system. Also, many residents in the state of Massachusetts are leaning towards living healthier lifestyles, including giving up smoking.

Massachusetts would be seeing even higher life expectancy rates if it weren’t for opioid-related deaths. For instance, the 2016 life expectancy report stated that approximately 7 people died each day from some sort of poisoning, including opioid usage.

Life expectancy rates for Massachusetts were at their highest back in 2012-2013, leading the country with 80 years and 11 months. Ever since 2006, Massachusetts life expectancy age has been above 80 years old.