Top 5 Places Where People Live the Longest

Posted by Kristina Law on Jan 21, 2015

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sun down at manila bay during one hot summer afternoon. sun down at manila bay during one hot summer afternoon.

Location Affects the Aging Process

Living in the U.S. it's easy to think that we have everything figured out. When it comes to aging though, only one city in our whole country lands a spot on this top 5 list. According to the number 1 spot in the world where people live the longest is the beautiful island of Japan!

1. Okinawa, Japan

Here you'll find an astounding 750 people reaching ages over 100! Out of the 1.3 million people who live in the city of Okinawa 750 is a big number! They not only have the highest life expectancy in the world, but also the highest health expectancy. It's said that their secret is their love and culture of gardening. It keeps them working hard and provides the healthiest food options. Living by one of their Okinawan adages, "eat until you are 80% full" also attributes to their impressive health expectancy.

2. Sardinia, Italy

The men here, mostly farmers and shepherds, are the ones putting Sardinia in 2nd place. In In fact, just one town of 1,700 people, Ovodda, hosts 5 centenarians. What's their secret? " Although part of the reason for Sardinia’s longevity may be genetic, they also have the opportunity to follow that healthy Mediterranean diet, as well as consuming lots of goats’ milk and cheese. They walk a lot, but they also take time for leisure, and maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor about life." (


3. Loma Linda, California

The only city in the United States to make it on this beautiful list. Beautiful Loma Linda is located 60 miles east of LA. Their long lifespan is accredited to the religion the most prominent in the area- Seventh Day Adventure. Their religion promotes vegetarianism and warns against alcohol. They also are a very active community.

4. Nicoya, Costa Rica

A man living in Nicoya at age 60 has about twice the chance of reaching age 90 than a man living in the U.S. They also have the lowest rates of cancer in Costa Rica. Their sense of purpose in life pushes them to be physically fit and active while focusing most of their time on their families. They eat nutrient-rich foods, as well as natural water which is naturally high in calcium and magnesium.

5. Ikaria, Greece

People living in this Greek island 35 miles from Turkey are 3 times more likely to reach the age of 90 than an American. Those native to Ikaria experience 20% less cancer, half the rate of cardiovascular disease, and almost no dementia! Not only are they home to a world famous hot spring, but the people are known for walking, farming, and fishing. They are also fans of a good nap and socializing.

Although America has only one spot in the world's list, there are certain states that are known for promoting longer lives.

In order:

North Dakota

Guess where Bel Aire Senior Living is located? You guessed it. Utah- one of the top 5 states in the US to live if you're wanting a longer life.

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