A holiday present for everyone – life expectancy

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.


Report card for Nation’s health focuses on young adults aged 18-29

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.


Unites States Decennial Life Tables for 1999-2001

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.


Estimating Healthy Life Expectancies

May 22, 2008

Estimating Healthy Life Expectancies Using Longitudinal Survey Data: Methods and Techniques in Population Health Measures. Read more here!


United States Life Tables

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!


US Life Expectancy At All Time High

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.


International Life Expectancy

August 15, 2007

Several news outlets have been running stories comparing the life expectancy in the United States with the life expectancy in other nations. We do not track life expectancy in other nations. US life expectancy can be found here. International life expectancy, as compiled by the Census Bureau, can be found here.