Babies born in Japan and Singapore have a life expectancy of 82 years. Babies in France will live to an average of 80.9 while those in Sweden, Italy, Australia and Canada can live beyond 80.
What about the life expectancy in United States? According to a statistics released by CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on August 19, 2009, Americans can live till 77.9 years, which is the highest it has ever been. Both men and women tend to live longer but women still live on average more than 5 years longer than men.
The life expectancy of Americans is no doubt lower than comparable developed countries, as illustrated above. However, it is still higher than that in countries like Tunisia and Guatemala, which have life expectancies of 75 and 70 respectively.
CDC reported that there were 2,423,995 people died in the United States in 2007, which were 2,269 fewer than in 2006. The life expectancy in 2006 was 77.7 indicating there is a continuation of a trend. In fact, the life expectancy has increased 1.4 years from 76.5 years in 1997 to 77.9 in 2007.
It is expected that the newborn baby boys can live till 75 on average and girls can live till 80. CDC also pointed out that for the first time, life expectancy for black males reached 70 years.
Americans who die of heart disease or cancer accounted for 48.5 percent of all deaths in 2007. There was a slight decline in the death rate for influenza and pneumonia, murder and accidents.
Nevertheless, the death rate for the fourth leading cause of death, chronic lower respiratory diseases like emphysema, was found to rise by 1.7 percent. The number of people died of AIDS was estimated to be 11,061. On the other hand, the infant mortality rate remained statistically unchanged at 6.77 infant deaths per 1,000 live births.