This report presents period life tables for the U.S. based on age specific death rates for the most recent year. Based on the 2004 report it seems like Americans are truly living longer. The overall expectation of life at “birth ” was 77.8 years, representing an increase of 0.4 year from life expectancy in 2003. Between 2003-2004 life expectancy increases for male and female, and for both white and black population. See full story here!