A holiday present for everyone – life expectancy

What gift did every American get this year? Well, for one thing, everyone now has a longer life expectancy. Of course, it’s not a one size fits all – there are still differences among the races and genders, as shown in the bullets below. Everyone’s life expectancy has increased, however, regardless of where he or she started a year before.

Life expectancy from birth…

  • Everyone – 77.7 years in 2006; 77.9 years in 2007
  • White Female – 80.6 years in 2006; 80.7 years in 2007
  • Black Female – 76.5 years in 2006; 77.0 years in 2007
  • White Male – 75.7 years in 2006; 75.8 years in 2007
  • Black Male – 69.7 years in 2006; 70.2 years in 2007

For more information, visit the life expectancy page at NCHS.

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