November 6, 2014
A new NCHS report presents complete period life tables for the United States by race, Hispanic origin, and sex, based on age-specific death rates in 2010.
Key Findings from the Report:
- In 2010, the overall expectation of life at birth was 78.7 years.
- Between 2009 and 2010, life expectancy at birth increased for all groups considered.
- Life expectancy increased for both males (from 76.0 to 76.2) and females (80.9 to 81.0) and for the white population (78.8 to 78.9), the black population (74.7 to 75.1), the Hispanic population (81.1 to 81.4), the non-Hispanic white population (78.7 to 78.8), and the non-Hispanic black population (74.4 to 74.7).
September 8, 2014
In 2011, life expectancy at birth was 78.7 years for the total U.S. population, 76.3 years for males, and 81.1 years for females. Life expectancy was highest for Hispanics for both males and females. In each racial/ethnic group, females had higher life expectancies than males. Life expectancy ranged from 71.7 years for non-Hispanic black males to 83.7 years for Hispanic females.
July 22, 2013
The trend in U.S. life expectancy since 1900 has been gradually improving. In 2010, life expectancy at birth was 78.7 years, an increase of 11% since 1970. For the white population, life expectancy increased 10%, and for the black population the increase was 17%. Nevertheless, differences in life expectancy by race have been observed and have persisted at least since official estimates have been recorded.
A new report from NCHS looks at these disparities by looking at the leading causes of death and how these causes influence life expectancy at birth. In this report, differences in the leading causes of death among black and white populations are examined to determine which causes contributed to the difference in life expectancy between the black and white populations in 2010.
Key Findings from the Report:
- In 2010, life expectancy for the black population was 3.8 years lower than that of the white population. This difference was due to higher death rates for the black population for heart disease, cancer, homicide, diabetes, and perinatal conditions.
- Life expectancy for black males was 4.7 years lower than that of white males. This difference was due to higher death rates for black males for heart disease, homicide, cancer, stroke, and perinatal conditions.
- Life expectancy for black females was 3.3 years lower than that of white females. This difference was due to higher death rates for black females for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, perinatal conditions, and stroke.
September 16, 2011
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December 9, 2009
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.
February 18, 2009
Young adults in the United States aged 18-29 face a number of health challenges, including increases in obesity, high injury rates, and a lack of insurance coverage compared to other adults, according to the latest report on the nation’s health from NCHS.
- Obesity rates have tripled among young adults in the past three decades, rising from 8 percent in 1971-74 to 24 percent in 2005-06.
In 2006, 29 percent of young men were current cigarette smokers compared to 21 percent of young adult women.
In 2005, unintentional injuries (‘‘accidents’’), homicide, and suicide accounted for 70 percent of deaths among young adults 18–29 years of age. Three-quarters of the 47,000 deaths in this age group occurred among young men.
In 2006, young adults aged 20–24 were more likely to be uninsured (34 percent) than those aged 18–19 (21 percent) and those aged 25–29 (29 percent).
For more visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/hus08.pdf.
August 1, 2008
In 1999-2001, life expectancy at birth was 76.83 years for the total U.S. population, representing an increase of 27.59 years from a life expectancy of 49.24 years in 1900. Between 1900 and 2000, life expectancy increased by 40.08 years for black females( from 35.04 to 75.12), by 35.54 years for black males (from 32.54 to 68.08), by 28.89 years for white females (from 51.08 to 79.97), and by 26.51 years for white males (from 48.23 to 74.74). You can access the full report here.
May 22, 2008
Estimating Healthy Life Expectancies Using Longitudinal Survey Data: Methods and Techniques in Population Health Measures. Read more here!
January 25, 2008
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!
September 12, 2007
A child born in the United States in 2005 can expect to live nearly 78 years (77.9) – a new high – according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2005.” The report from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics is based on approximately 99 percent of death records reported in all 50 states and the District of Columbiafor 2005 and documents the latest trends in the leading causes of death and infant mortality.The increase in life expectancy represents a continuation of a long-running trend. Over the past decade, life expectancy has increased from 75.8 years in 1995, and from 69.6 years in 1955. more…
Link to the report here and to life expectancy data going back to 1900 here.
International data, via the World Health Organization, can be found here.