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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9. Johnson County, IA
9. Johnson County, IA
University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium
Towns include: Iowa City
Life expectancy at birth: 80.47 years

The Iowa Writers' Workshop brings writers from all over the world to Iowa City, making it perhaps the most literary of America's small cities. (It's also one of the most educated.)

The program serves the wider community through the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, which offers dozens of classes taught by professors and professional writers. What better way to get that mental exercise you've always sworn you'd do once you found the time?

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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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