Life expectancy in the United States has generally been on the rise, with rare exceptions for certain segments of the population. Between 1960 and 2019, the life expectancy of Americans rose by roughly a decade to the age of 79. Greater longevity can be attributed to improved health care such as diagnostic and medical advancements, as well as shifting lifestyle choices including healthier diets and a reduction in rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.

While no one single factor determines the overall health of an entire community, certain socioeconomic and environmental factors such as access to health care, clean air, clean water, and affordable housing, contribute significantly to the general health and well-being of the entire population.

Using 2022 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Stacker identified counties with the longest life expectancy in West Virginia. Life expectancy measures the average number of years from birth a person can expect to live, and is calculated based on the number of deaths in a given time period and the average number of people at risk of dying during that period. Counties with unreliable or insufficient data were excluded from the analysis. Mortality data came from the National Vital Statistics System.

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#38. Webster County

– Average life expectancy: 74.3 years (same as statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #43
— Length of life rank: #37
— Quality of life rank: #50

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#36. Greenbrier County

– Average life expectancy: 74.4 years (0.1 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #30
— Length of life rank: #34
— Quality of life rank: #25

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#36. Hancock County

– Average life expectancy: 74.4 years (0.1 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #24
— Length of life rank: #30
— Quality of life rank: #15

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#34. Wood County

– Average life expectancy: 74.7 years (0.4 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #25
— Length of life rank: #29
— Quality of life rank: #20

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#34. Ohio County

– Average life expectancy: 74.7 years (0.4 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #11
— Length of life rank: #33
— Quality of life rank: #4

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#33. Nicholas County

– Average life expectancy: 74.8 years (0.5 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #36
— Length of life rank: #35
— Quality of life rank: #40

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#32. Berkeley County

– Average life expectancy: 74.9 years (0.6 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #8
— Length of life rank: #26
— Quality of life rank: #6

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#31. Barbour County

– Average life expectancy: 75 years (0.7 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #23
— Length of life rank: #27
— Quality of life rank: #21

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#28. Hampshire County

– Average life expectancy: 75.2 years (0.9 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #35
— Length of life rank: #38
— Quality of life rank: #29

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#28. Wetzel County

– Average life expectancy: 75.2 years (0.9 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #28
— Length of life rank: #23
— Quality of life rank: #33

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#28. Harrison County

– Average life expectancy: 75.2 years (0.9 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #21
— Length of life rank: #25
— Quality of life rank: #14

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#27. Pocahontas County

– Average life expectancy: 75.3 years (1.0 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #33
— Length of life rank: #40
— Quality of life rank: #9

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#23. Hardy County

– Average life expectancy: 75.5 years (1.2 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #31
— Length of life rank: #28
— Quality of life rank: #31

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#23. Morgan County

– Average life expectancy: 75.5 years (1.2 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #27
— Length of life rank: #32
— Quality of life rank: #19

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#23. Tucker County

– Average life expectancy: 75.5 years (1.2 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #14
— Length of life rank: #21
— Quality of life rank: #11

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#23. Mineral County

– Average life expectancy: 75.5 years (1.2 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #10
— Length of life rank: #16
— Quality of life rank: #10

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#22. Marion County

– Average life expectancy: 75.6 years (1.3 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #19
— Length of life rank: #13
— Quality of life rank: #28

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#21. Marshall County

– Average life expectancy: 75.7 years (1.4 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #16
— Length of life rank: #20
— Quality of life rank: #16

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#20. Brooke County

– Average life expectancy: 75.8 years (1.5 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #6
— Length of life rank: #8
— Quality of life rank: #8

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#19. Taylor County

– Average life expectancy: 76 years (1.7 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #29
— Length of life rank: #14
— Quality of life rank: #38

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#18. Jackson County

– Average life expectancy: 76.1 years (1.8 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #12
— Length of life rank: #12
— Quality of life rank: #12

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#16. Ritchie County

– Average life expectancy: 76.2 years (1.9 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #22
— Length of life rank: #22
— Quality of life rank: #27

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#16. Putnam County

– Average life expectancy: 76.2 years (1.9 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #4
— Length of life rank: #9
— Quality of life rank: #2

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#15. Braxton County

– Average life expectancy: 76.3 years (2.0 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #34
— Length of life rank: #24
— Quality of life rank: #42

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#13. Preston County

– Average life expectancy: 76.4 years (2.1 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #17
— Length of life rank: #15
— Quality of life rank: #24

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#13. Randolph County

– Average life expectancy: 76.4 years (2.1 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #15
— Length of life rank: #11
— Quality of life rank: #22

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#10. Wirt County

– Average life expectancy: 76.5 years (2.2 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #38
— Length of life rank: #31
— Quality of life rank: #43

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#10. Calhoun County

– Average life expectancy: 76.5 years (2.2 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #32
— Length of life rank: #6
— Quality of life rank: #48

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#10. Monroe County

– Average life expectancy: 76.5 years (2.2 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #9
— Length of life rank: #7
— Quality of life rank: #13

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#8. Grant County

– Average life expectancy: 76.6 years (2.3 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #26
— Length of life rank: #18
— Quality of life rank: #32

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#8. Pleasants County

– Average life expectancy: 76.6 years (2.3 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #3
— Length of life rank: #2
— Quality of life rank: #5

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#7. Pendleton County

– Average life expectancy: 76.7 years (2.4 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #20
— Length of life rank: #19
— Quality of life rank: #26

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#6. Gilmer County

– Average life expectancy: 76.8 years (2.5 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #5
— Length of life rank: #4
— Quality of life rank: #7

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#5. Tyler County

– Average life expectancy: 77.1 years (2.8 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #18
— Length of life rank: #17
— Quality of life rank: #23

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#4. Jefferson County

– Average life expectancy: 77.4 years (3.1 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #2
— Length of life rank: #5
— Quality of life rank: #1

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#3. Upshur County

– Average life expectancy: 77.8 years (3.5 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #7
— Length of life rank: #3
— Quality of life rank: #17

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#2. Monongalia County

– Average life expectancy: 79.3 years (5.0 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #1
— Length of life rank: #1
— Quality of life rank: #3

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#1. Doddridge County

– Average life expectancy: 79.8 years (5.5 more than the statewide average)
– Health outcomes statewide rank: #13
— Length of life rank: #10
— Quality of life rank: #18