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.
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.
Preliminary number of death in the U.S. in 2006 fell to 2,425,900, a 22, 117 decrease from the 2005 total. With a rapidly growing older population, declines in the number of deaths (as opposed to death rates) are unusual, and the 2006 decline is likely the result of more mild influenza mortality in 2006 compared with 2005.
Other preliminary number also, shows life expectancy at birth reaching a new record high in 2006 of 78.1 years, a 0.3 increase from 2005. Record high life expectancy was recorder for both white males and black males (76 years and 70 years, respectively) as well as for white females and black females ( 81 years and 76.9 years). Read full story here!