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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23. Orange County, CA (tie with Larimer County)
23. Orange County, CA (tie with Larimer County)
Towns include: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Seal Beach, Tustin, Tustin Foothills, Westminster, Yorba Linda
Life expectancy at birth: 79.7 years

One of California's wealthiest and most populous counties, Orange is best known as the home of Disneyland, in Anaheim, and its palm-lined streets are the epitome of suburban Southern California.

The University of California at Irvine, in the heart of Orange County, is a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and offers numerous low-cost classes in all disciplines for retirees and semi-retirees, with titles from "DNA: What is it?" to "Google Grandparent."

NEXT: 24. Larimer County, CO (tie with Orange County)

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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