It's not just living longer that matters. It's living healthier longer. iStockphoto.com hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto.com Shots - Health News For A Long And Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live July 18, 2013 Healthy life expectancy is lowest for people in the South, a study finds. People living in the West, Northeast and Great Plains tend to be doing better. But staying healthy is about more than just geography. Healthy habits and access to good health care count, too.