Best places for a long life

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

24 of 25
24. Larimer County, CO (tie with Orange County)
24. Larimer County, CO (tie with Orange County)
Towns include: Fort Collins, Loveland
Life expectancy at birth: 79.7 years

They say love can keep you young, and to that end, Larimer County retirees have access to one of the most unusual volunteer opportunities around: the Loveland valentine remailing program. Every February, cards and love letters flow through the Colorado town, to be postmarked "Loveland" and stamped with a poem by local seniors.

For the rest of the year, residents of Loveland and Fort Collins stay young by enjoying clean air (the region is on the American Lung Association's cleanest 25 list) and general quality of life: Fort Collins was No. 2 on Money's Best Places to Live list last year.

NEXT: 25. Williamson County, TX

Last updated September 22 2008: 11:08 AM ET
Source: Life expectancy stats from consultant Bert Sperling of, Centers for Disease Control.
6 Best Places to Retire You want water? You got it. These six terrific towns are all on a lake, a river or an ocean - yet they won't sink your retirement budget. More
25 best places for affordable homesWant to retire near the water, but without paying premium prices for a home? Residents who buy real estate in these towns see their incomes go the furthest. More
3 couples who took the plunge These retirees made the move to three of this year's Best Places to Retire. More
Special Offer

Most stock quote data provided by BATS. Market indices are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes. All times are ET. Disclaimer. Morningstar: © 2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Factset: FactSet Research Systems Inc. 2018. All rights reserved. Chicago Mercantile Association: Certain market data is the property of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. and its licensors. All rights reserved. Dow Jones: The Dow Jones branded indices are proprietary to and are calculated, distributed and marketed by DJI Opco, a subsidiary of S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC and have been licensed for use to S&P Opco, LLC and CNN. Standard & Poor's and S&P are registered trademarks of Standard & Poor's Financial Services LLC and Dow Jones is a registered trademark of Dow Jones Trademark Holdings LLC. All content of the Dow Jones branded indices © S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC 2018 and/or its affiliates.