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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18. Bergen County, NJ
18. Bergen County, NJ
Towns include: Bergenfield, Englewood, Fair Lawn, Fort Lee, Lyndhurst, Mahwah, Paramus, Ridgewood, Teaneck
Life expectancy at birth: 79.91 years

Just over the George Washington Bridge from Manhattan, Bergen has long been a destination for both retirees and immigrants, who have helped make it New Jersey's largest, wealthiest, and longest-living county - and one of its most ethnically diverse. Bergen offers a variety of housing types, from high-rise to suburban, and easy access to the Big Apple.

In recent years, Bergen County has become home to a large Korean-American population. Treat yourself to their spicy, healthy, and underappreciated cuisine, then get out and play at Palisades Interstate Park.

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