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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1. Montgomery County, MD
1. Montgomery County, MD
Bethesda Row
Towns include: Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Calverton, Colesville, Fairland, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, North Bethesda, North Potomac, Olney, Potomac, Rockville, Silver Spring, Wheaton-Glenmont, White Oak
Life expectancy at birth: 81.31 years

Two top-ranked hospitals (Suburban and Naval, both in Bethesda) help make affluent, educated Montgomery County No. 1 for longevity.

Bethesda's downtown is compact, walkable, and connected to central Washington, D.C. by Metro. Outside of town, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park's scenic canalside trail helps keep residents in shape.

Last year, Montgomery's county seat of Rockville unveiled a new pedestrian-friendly town center, bringing together housing, jobs, shopping, and recreation.


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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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