Best places for a long life

Residents of these 25 counties enjoy some of the highest life expectancies in the U.S.

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12. San Mateo County, CA (tie)
12. San Mateo County, CA (tie)
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Towns include: Belmont, Burlingame, Daly City, Foster City, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco
Life expectancy at birth: 80.3 years

Cross San Francisco's southern border into San Mateo County and the fog lifts. You've entered one of California's most sunny and temperate areas, with 30 miles of bay-front coastline and 60 miles of classic Pacific Ocean seashore. The county is nearly three-quarters dedicated open space (beaches, parks, ancient redwood stands), and people here get outside a lot.

The southern tip of the county remains largely agricultural, so eating local produce in San Mateo County is relatively simple, especially if you throw in the fresh fish that lands daily at Princeton-by-the-Sea harbor.

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Last updated September 22 2008: 11:08 AM ET
Source: Life expectancy stats from consultant Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net, Centers for Disease Control.
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