REVEALED: The states where you can expect to live the longest and shortest

Good news for those living in the Australian Capital Territory, with ACT residents confirmed to have the highest life expectancy in the country.

According to the latest figures released from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the ACT recorded the highest male and female life expectancy with males at 82.1 years and females at 85.9 years.

That’s compared to Queensland’s life expectancy of 80.6 years for men and 85.1 years for women.


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Men in New South Wales appear to live slightly longer than those in Queensland at 81.2 years, with the life expectancy of women in NSW sitting at 85.4.

The Northern Territory recorded the lowest life expectancy for both males and females at 76.2 years and 81.0 years respectively.

Despite this, life expectancies in the Northern Territory showed the largest gains of all the states and territories over the last 30 years, rising by 9.9 years for men and 8.7 years for women.

It comes as life expectancy in Australia continues to rise as a whole, with a baby boy expected to live to 81.2 years and a girl to 85.3 years.

“Babies born today have the highest estimated life expectancy ever recorded in Australia”, ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho said.

The data confirms that Australians now officially have a higher life expectancy than comparable countries such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the USA and lower life expectancy than those in Japan, Singapore and Switzerland.