Thursday, March 17, 2011

Americans Living Longer

Life expectancy in the United States has reached an all-time high.  An individual born in 2009 has a life expectancy of 78 years, according to a preliminary CDC report.  The death rate has declined for the 10th year in a row and infant mortality is expected to reach a new low, as well.  Deaths from all causes declined proportionately, making it difficulty to distinguish a single explanation for decrease.   The gender difference in lifespan persists, with the overall male life expectancy at around 75.5 and the overall female life expectancy at about 80.5.

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