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US Life Expectancy At All-Time High, Death Rates At All-Time Low

Posted Mar 24 2011 10:07pm
Posted on 2011-03-24 06:00:00 in Demographics |

Life expectancy in the United States has reached an all-time high, reports the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC; Georgia, USA). In 2009, life expectancy increased to 78.2 years, rising 78 years in 2008. For women, life expectancy was 80.6 years, up one-tenth of a year; for men, life expectancy increased by two-tenths of a year, to stand at 75.7 years.  As well, the age-adjusted death rate for the U.S. population fell to an all-time low of 741 deaths per 100,000 people in 2009 2.3% lower than the 2008 rate, marking the 10th consecutive year that U.S. death rates have declined.

Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Minino AM, Kung HC. Deaths: Preliminary Data for 2009. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 59 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2011.

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